Why not spend an afternoon strolling along the river from Kingston-Upon-Thames to Sheppington and get your fix of rural greenery without leaving the city? In touching distance of our hotel in Surrey, The Thames Path and boat jetties are easily accessible. The walk between Kingston-Upon-Thames and Sheppington is 7.6 miles and has some impressive scenery, following the river banks and palace grounds past Thames Ditton Island. Here are just a few of the superb sights you should expect to see walking alongside the river Thames…
Hampton Court Palace
Our hotel in Surrey’s famous neighbour is Hampton Court Palace. Hampton Court Palace and its Home Park dominate the river and enhance the Thames Path as far as Kingston Bridge. Dating back to the sixteenth century, work began on the original palace for Cardinal Wolsey, before King Henry VIII seized the palace for himself. Along with St James’s Palace in Central London, it is one of only two surviving palaces owned and used by Henry VIII. In the following century, Sir Christopher Wren drew up plans for the impressive extension. Work however ceased in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque. The site is also home to the annual Hampton Court Palace Festival and the world famous Hampton Court Flower Show. Apart from the Palace itself and its extensive gardens, other points of interest for visitors include the celebrated maze originally planted in the 1690s, and the Cumberland Art Gallery.
The Queen Mary Reservoir
On this route you will pass one of the largest reservoirs in London. The Queen Mary Reservoir, home to the Queen Mary Sailing Club supplies a huge amount of fresh water to London and the surrounding counties. The reservoir covers 707 acres and lies 45 ft above the surrounding area. On a breezy day you might even be lucky enough to see windsurfers and sailors out on the water.
Spot The Mitre in all its glory as you walk through Kingston-upon-Thames. Kingston upon Thames, also known as Kingston, is the principal settlement of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in southwest London. First recorded in a Royal Charter in 838, the town was established as the coronation place for Anglo Saxon Kings. Today this lively medieval market town is a rich mix of retail, arts & culture and food & drink. We recommend visiting the oldest surviving bridge in London or Coombe Conduit whilst you’re in there. Why not join us for afternoon tea to fuel yourselves up for the rest of the walk?
Across the riverside at Hampton look out for this striking little octagonal building that is Garrick’s Temple. The temple was built by the great 18th century actor-manager David Garrick in 1756 to celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare, Garrick also commissioned the sculptor Roubiliac to provide a life-size statue of his hero to be placed inside. The recent restoration reinstates the statue in replica and also houses a display which celebrates David Garrick’s acting career and his private life in Hampton. The Temple is open to the public on Sunday afternoons (14.00-17.00) from Sunday 26th March to the Sunday 29th October 2017.
Finish off your stroll in the charming village of Shepperton. The River Thames flows through the village, its banks providing a picturesque setting for mooring narrow boats and other river traffic. Once the haunt of legendary highwayman Dick Turpin, Shepperton is now home to the renowned Pinewood Studios. Many famous stars have passed through the studio doors including Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, both are said to have also been frequent visitors to the village inns. The village is a pleasant place to amble around, the local parish church dedicated to St.Nicholas is certainly worth a visit, as are the various interesting properties of all periods dotted around the streets.
After you have experienced the stunning scenery that is on our doorstep and worked up a bit of an appetite, why not retreat to one of the best restaurants Hampton Court has to offer?
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