Tuesday 13th June – 23rd meeting of 2017
Today we were back to our roots by doing of walk! This is the reason we all met and something we enjoy doing. We were aiming to finish the second part of a walk from the London Walking book that one of our ladies own.
We met at Waterloo and took a main line train to Chiswick. It was a beautifullly hot sunny day. Once at Chiswick station we walked to Chiswick house to have a coffee and chat in the cafe there. It was so lovely we sat outside but in the shade!
We had a little confusion about the right path to start the walk but once we had that sorted we were fine! We wound our way through the lovely streets which have some fabulous well kept houses and it has a lovely feel to the area. We passed the high walled St Mary’s Convent which is now a nursing home. Following the route we found ourselves on the river walk which was gorgeous. Chiswick Mall has some beautiful houses overlooking the river and the gardens are directly on the river with the road separating them from the houses. We looked at the very well kept gardens and on such a lovely summer’s day, I for one, was wishing I could sit and relax in them! As we walked we plotted out the route that the annual Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race takes and there were many rowing boats on the river training. We passed Chiswick Lodge Hospital, Fuller Griffiths Brewery and the house where William Hogarth lived.
It was Open-Studio day so many of the houses that we saw were artists studios and were open to the public to view the work going on. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to go inside but maybe that might be another thing to do another year!
There were many people walking, cycling, dog-walking, running and generally enjoying the river and sun. The many pubs along the route were very busy. This part of London is quite unique and a pleasure to enjoy on such a glorious day.
The walk ended Hammersmith Bridge and we went to the tube to catch trains for our journey back home.
We have now completely yet another walk from the London Walking book which was enjoyable and on such a hot summer day a great success!