18 km – with Prasana.
Girls are said not being able to make up their mind quickly. Ah well …, this time we drafted about 4 different versions of ‘walking the Thames Path’, and even on the way to the train to go to Windsor and then walk to Marlow, we changed our minds again and decided to walk from Putney into the centre of London. The weather was … unfriendly … and would have been even unfriendlier in the openness of Windsor’s flat lands and Marlow’s fields.
So, our plan turned into an urban walk, following the nut (the sign for English national trails) passing Battersea’s river front glass palaces, where you can observe the English living room temper, Battersea Park’s Buddha temple, the head quarters of the MI6, the totally unspectacular and uncharming (does that word exist?) façade of Westminster Parliament, and not to forget the buzzing, with tourists, street artists and musicians overloaded and overpriced Southbank.
+ surprisingly quiet until Southbank despite this being an urban walk
+ straight forward route; you don’t need to worry about the path so much
+ well sigh-posted
+ many! many! pubs on the way, so you won’t neither starve nor dying from thirst
+ close to public transport; if you can’t be bothered to do one more step hop onto the next bus or tube
– expectantly touristy and overcrowded from Southbank onwards
– walking entirely on concrete
– I think I counted 5 1/2 trees on the way; nature lovers will want to join a tree-planting-charity afterwards
More information on the Thames Path:
Also advisable: the Thames Path map from AZ Adventures.