Walking in Richmond Upon Thames

Walking is one of the simplest activities you can start to improve your health. Research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve blood pressure and lower the risk of obesity, osteoporosis and types of cancer.

The borough of Richmond upon Thames has 260 public rights of way and five walking routes promoted with signs and leaflets including parts of three strategic walking routes.

The Big Three

There are three major walking routes through the Borough:

The Thames Path National Trail follows the greatest river in England from its source in the Cotswold hills to the sea. Passing through peaceful water meadows, unspoilt rural villages, historical towns and cities, and finally through the heart of London to end at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich.

Richmond Park hosts part of the Capital Ring - the ring completely encircles inner and central London. An arrangement between London's 33 councils, the City of London Corporation and the Greater London Authority. It's agood walk, even if you only follow the Richmond section.

The London Outer Orbital Path (LOOP) is made up of 24, mostly flat or gently sloping sections, its combination of beautiful open spaces like Hainault Forest Country Park and Bushy Park, historic buildings (Hall Place and Black Jack's Lock & Mill).

Other Walks and Organisations

Anyone can go for a walk but there are a couple of organisations that can help you get the most out of it, whether that be fitness or education!

Richmond Heritage Guides
Richmond Heritage Guides organise a range of guided walks from February to November each year. They also have a number of themed walks including a Valentine’s Day walk, an evening wartime walk, and the Tombstone Trail.

Friends of Richmond Park
The Friends run frequent guided walks and courses, all of which are free of charge. Some are for Members only, others are open to everyone.

The River Crane Walk
This walk in southwest London follows the River Crane from Twickenham to Feltham. The river is home to lots of wildlife, including herons and moorhens, with lots of squirrels in the surrounding woodland. There's also the Crane Park Island Nature Reserve to explore, next to the old Shot Tower.

The Beverley Brook Walk
A walk of 6.5 miles, closely following the Beverley Brook through Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park and Barnes Common to the River Thames upstream of Putney.

Try Nordic
A complete range of Nordic Walking courses for all levels in Bushy Park and Richmond. All equipment can be provided.  Courses run by qualified instructor Beverley Boon.

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