Today I want to bring you my guide to walking the Thames Path from Hammersmith to Chiswick in London. This stretch of the river has some of the best places to see on the Thames, from rowboats to houses and pubs.

Thames Path from Hammersmith to Chiswick

Thames Path from Hammersmith to Chiswick

Autumn has come to London. After a month of record-breaking heat in the UK, a chill has settled over the city this week. Coats, boots, and scarves are making their way out of closets, and London is bracing for a cold winter.

But before the arctic front moved in, we had one final day of warmth. Knowing it could be the last, I spent the afternoon walking along the Thames Path from Hammersmith to Chiswick.

Boat on the Thames Path in Hammersmith, London

Thames Path

The Thames Path is a 184-mile (294-kilometer) trail that runs from the source of the river in the Cotswolds all the way out to Greenwich. On the way it passes through London and provides a great venue for walking and cycling.

View from the Thames Path in Hammersmith, London

Thames Path in Hammersmith

My walk along the Thames Path started at Hammersmith Bridge, a great green construction spanning the river.

From there I headed west along the trail, passing packed riverside pubs like The Dove, The Old Ship, and The Black Lion. The whole world was out to enjoy the last day of warm weather in London.

The Black Lion Pub in Hammersmith, London

This included the rowers. All along the river there were people rowing on the Thames. From school groups to club teams, every inch of the water was filled with long lean boats.

Boats on the Thames in Hammersmith, London

Chiswick Mall

Eventually I reached Chiswick Mall, one of my favorite parts of walking the Thames Path from Hammersmith to Chiswick.

Beautiful brick buildings and bright white houses lined the street, each with a private garden along the waterfront on the opposite side of the road.

A small island called the Chiswick Eyot separated the main river from their part of it, adding an extra element of seclusion.

House on Chiswick Mall in London, England

Thames Path in Chiswick

This stretch was followed by a length of the Thames Path that ran right along the river and past several restaurants. Shortly thereafter the path tumbled into Dukes Meadow, a swath of grass filled with families at play.

Pretty Building on the Thames in Hammersmith, London

Thames Path in Hammersmith and Chiswick

At this point I turned around and retraced my steps. Again I passed the pubs, the boats, the gardens, and the bridge, soaking up the sun as I walked back along the Thames Path in Hammersmith and Chiswick.

It was the perfect way to enjoy the last day of summer in London. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find my winter coat…

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Thames Path from Hammersmith to Chiswick

6 Comments on Lady’s Guide to the Thames Path from Hammersmith to Chiswick

  1. If I ever leave this place, I will definitely miss my walks in Chiswick. One of my fav spots in London for sure. You gotta love west London 🙂

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