4.4 of 5 (4 votes)

The locks of southeast London

A moderate walk (riverside) starting and finishing in City of London, England, about 14.67km (9.12 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:15h. It is suitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs, but unsuitable for families with children.
Elevation Profile
Gain 20m (65ft)
Loss 9m (29ft)
Max. Elevation 30m (98ft)
Elevation (total) 29m (94ft)
Distance 14.67km
Duration ~4:15
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 19 Sep 2008
This walk takes you along part of the Thames Path as it leaves London and enters the suburban countryside. The route passes three locks, where you will probably see boats and barges heading through, and also passes the magnificent Tudor palace at Hampton Court. The walk can be done in either direction, and there is a good pub at either end (we plan these routes carefully, you know!)

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Walk Map


OS Grid TQ160708
The walk starts in Teddington, which is easy to reach by train or bus. From the train station, head along Station Road and turn right into High Street, which leads to Teddington Lock.
Teddington Lock About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid TQ167714
The first of the day's locks, and a well-known feature on the River Thames. The lock and weir are a hive of activity on summer weekends, with families picnicking, rowing and sailing courses on the river and joggers and cyclists enjoying some exercise. The Tide End is a good pub by the lock.
Thames Path About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid TQ172713
Cross the river at the lock and follow the Thames Path on the eastern bank of the river. This popular section of path takes you down to Kingston.
Kingston Upon Thames About 2.03 km (~1.26 miles) from
OS Grid TQ177694
At Kingston, ignore the signposts and carry on alongside the river and under the railway bridge. At the road bridge, head up the steps and cross the river again.
Barge Walk About 0.19 km (~0.12 miles) from
OS Grid TQ176692
Across the bridge, turn left into the park and take the Barge Walk around Hampton Court Park. This follows another very smart section of the River Thames - not even Henry VIII could afford to live here nowadays.
Hampton Court Palace About 2.18 km (~1.35 miles) from
OS Grid TQ156682
The path takes you past the magnificent Hampton Court Palace - former home of Henry VIII and well worth a visit if you are making a day of it: hrp.org.uk/hamptoncourtpalace
Molesey Lock About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid TQ150685
After Hampton Court, cross the river again over the road bridge. Head left and cross the main road at the traffic lights - just past the little line of shops and restaurants, pick up the Thames Path again at Molesey Lock - number 2 on the walk.
Hurst Park About 1.07 km (~0.66 miles) from
OS Grid TQ142692
The Thames Path is quieter along here, meaning you can enjoy a peaceful riverside walk and feel a long way from the busyness of London.
Sunbury Lock About 3.37 km (~2.09 miles) from
OS Grid TQ109685
This is the third and final lock on this walk, and possibly one of the most attractive on the Thames.
The Weir pub About 0.47 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid TQ106681
The Weir Pub, just past the lock and unsurprisingly situated by the weir, is well worth a visit for a relaxing pint or spot of lunch.
Walton-on-Thames station About 3.25 km (~2.02 miles) from
OS Grid TQ104648
It's a 20 minute walk from the pub to Walton-on-Thames station if you are travelling by train, or a bit shorter to pick up one of the buses in Walton town centre.

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