The Thames Path again changes sides at Kingston-upon-Thames - the path can be found by walking down steps and then under the bridge - it's all clearly marked.
The centre of Kingston-upon-Thames is just a few minutes walk from the river and well worth visiting - there are several interesting old buildings including the Guild Hall and also the Coronation Stone (where Saxon Kings were once crowned). There are frequent bus services between Kingston Upon Thames (Brook Street) and Kew Bridge therefore this 8 or so mile section of The Thames Path can be easily achieved as a one way walk. Bus no.65 plies the route every 10 or so minutes and even
operates very frequently on Sundays and Bank Holidays - the only exception being no service on Christmas Day. (there are a couple of pictures on this page but please see our Weirs and River Thames Locks - Days Lock to Richmond Lock in England
topic for lots more photos of the locks in this section of The Thames Path)
From Kingston-upon-Thames bridge The Thames Path soon reaches Canbury Gardens - this is a small area which is tree-lined and there are several bench seats around. From the Gardens there is a fairly short road section and then route rejoins the Thames as it heads on towards Teddington. This becomes a very interesting area - just before Teddington Locks cross the bridge over onto and island where a path on the left leads to a weir. However if you go straight ahead you
can cross a suspension bridge which leads on into Teddington itself.
Teddington Locks comprises of three river locks plus a boat roller - the locks are called the Skiff Lock (coffin lock), the Launch Lock which is the most widely used and finally the huge Barge Lock (some 650 feet long and apparently able to accommodate a steam tug and six barges). There is a large grass area around the locks with plenty of seats situated alongside the river - the area is pretty popular with visitors watching the boats go through the lock(s).
If you cross the first lock there are several
handycraft stalls plus a cafe which you may to care to visit.
From the locks the route is tree-lined and soon crosses Young Marina's Lock
and continues alongside Ham Lands which is a vast green area. Eel Pie Island is soon passed just before reaching Ham House near to which Hammertons Ferry still crosses the river. It is surpirising just how rural this section of The Thames is considering how near it is to London - you follow alongside a field to reach Richmond landing stage.
Although now passing houses, cafes and pubs etc. there is still plenty of open space between them and the river - in fact near Richmond Bridge it is almost beach-like. The Thames goes
under Richmond Railway Bridge and then Twickenham Road Bridge before reaching Richmond Lock, weir and footbridge. Quite soon after this the Thames Path skirts Richmond Park (which includes Kew Observatory) and then the extensive area of Kew Gardens unfolds. On the far bank the junction with the Grand Union Canal can be seen where it joins the river at Thames Lock - this is a very muddy ramshackle area especially at low tide. Shortly the spans of Kew Bridge stretching across The River Thames come into view.
The next section of the Path is described on our Kew Bridge to Tower Bridge along the Thames Path topic.