|Wandle nature reserve|
I passed under the Hammersmith Bridge and cycled further towards Barnes through more bushiness, passing the Barnes Wetlands centre. On the Terrace the path continues on the pavement before dipping under the Barnes rail bridge, continuing towards Kew. The path here becomes considerably more narrow and I on my ill-equipped Dutch city bike almost slid into the river Thames a few times. Must invest in mountain bike!
|staircase at Kew Palace|
|Royal kitchens at Kew Palace|
On the way back I decided to take the other side of the Thames. Even though the north side isn't as green and lush as the north side, I passed some lovely, albeit more urban spots. The Strand on the Green remains my all time favourite place to hang out and have a beer at one of the pubs with your legs dangling over the water, off the side of the pavement. Don't bike here though!
|Garden at Chiswick Mall|
The Chiswick Mall is another must-stop-and-take-pictures spot. The houses lining this street are extremely grand and beautifully overgrown with climbers and colourful flowers. The private gardens are located across the road. They are very pretty, but judging from the sludge on the lawns, they flood on a regular basis. The Thames is a tidal river after all and living on its banks comes with the drawback of having a flooded garden.
|Cottage at Chiswick Mall|
I rode onward through Hammersmith past the Fulham stadium, through Bishop's Park and passed the posh Hurlingham Club. I crossed the river back to the south side on the Wandsworth Bridge where I rejoined the path in front of Battersea Reach before reaching my house again.
If you're not the lucky owner of a bike, not to worry. The Thames path happens to be very walkable too.