Following on from this post about the London Loop walk yesterday I ventured out to another set of walks called the Capital Ring. Both of them circle London but the capital ring is slightly more inside the city wheras the London Loop is very much on the outskirts. But you can still get to both by tube/bus.
The Richmond-Boston Manor route is amazing. From the Bush either get the 272 to Turnham Green and then district to Richmond or if you do it the other way around get the 237 from the Bush out to the middle of the route near Syon Park.
You walk alongside the Thames for half the way and the Grand Union Canal for the other half taking, among other things, a vertigo inducing walk across Richmond Lock, an island nature reserve and pubs that just sit out looking over the Thames which is so slow (and apparently clean) at this point that kids can play on the banks!
Well worth a trip. The only thing that spoils it are the low flying aircraft that quite literally thunder overhead with their wheels already down. Surely there has to be an alternative to expanding that airport to encompass the Bush under a flightpath?! Both our council and local MP Andrew Slaughter are opposed but the government very much in favour. I doubt any of them live in Richmond.[gallery]