The best walks in west London

A large wetlands with birds flying

Nature blooms just a stone’s throw from our west London Houses, with green spaces, wildlife and open water to explore

By Charlotte Harding   Friday 6 September, 2019

Summer may be drawing to a close, but with Autumn right around the corner, a crisp and cosy walk out west is the best way to spend cooler days in the capital. From otter spotting to long walks along the river, check out our favourites below:

Spot otters and kingfishers in Barnes
The London Wetland Centre is the perfect respite to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Lakes, marshes and lagoons link paths that wind through long grass, where you can see migrating birds. Water voles, frogs and dragonflies also make the wetland home, plus short-clawed Asian otters Tod and Honey, who draw big crowds at feeding time.  

WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk SW13 9WT; wetland-centres/london/ 
inside a living room with big bookcase and elegant table and chairs
Wander along the river in Chiswick
This stretch of the Thames in Chiswick is packed with inspiration. Starting at Hammersmith Bridge, head past colourful houseboats and 18th-century pubs by the riverside Mall. From here, pop into Emery Walker’s House, home of the Arts and Crafts artist. End your walk with a drink at Griffin Brewery, surrounded by the oldest wisteria in England. 

Emery Walker’s House, 7 Hammersmith Terrace W6 9TS;
Griffin Brewery, Chiswick Lane W4 2QB;

four stags in a park
Find the deer in Richmond
Once the hunting grounds of Henry VIII, Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in London, covering 2,500 acres, with views of St Paul’s Cathedral – 12 miles away. Red and fallow deer are in abundance here, roaming among the grasslands and ancient trees If you are looking for more ora than fauna, walk to Isabella Plantation where you find a woodland of unusual plants, ponds and streams. 

Richmond Park, Petersham Road TW10 5HS;
A path through a big park leading to a manor house
Explore stately homes in Isleworth
Stroll up the tree-lined drive, past the Charolais cattle and you’d think you’re in the country. Surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in the city. Eat in the Stables Café or order takeaway and picnic by Middle Lake while spotting wildlife in the meadow. 

Osterley Park and House, Jersey Road TW7 4RB;
inside big greenhouse on bright day
Get botanical at Kew
Plants, fungi and science sit side-by-side at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, in one of the most biodiverse botanic collections in the world. ere is much to explore, from cultivated endangered species and luminous glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly, to views across London from the Great Pagoda and the Treetop Walkway. 

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew TW9 3AE;

Images from top: London Wetland Centre (Getty); Emery Walker House (courtesy of Emery Walker House); Richmond Park (Getty); Osterley Park (National Trust Images); Kew Gardens (Gareth Gardner)
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