Walking the Thames Path from Source to Barrier - 184 miles
To be done in stages during 2014 by Elaine.

Home       Path-Index    Day 1    Day 2    Day 3    Day 4    Day 5    Day 6 & 7    Day 8 & 9    Day 10&11    Day 12    Day 13    Day 15

Day 14 - Friday 26th September 2014

I took the train back to Putney Bridge and returned to the river and under Fulham Railway Bridge and into Wandsworth Park. Here it was really quiet but after the park there was a more industrial section.   Back on the river front there were lots of flats and the promenades were very attractive.  I passed Battersea Heliport and then Battersea Bridge.  Pretty pink, blue and green Albert Bridge follows.   Battersea Park with its Peace Pagoda came next.  At Chelsea Bridge it was necessary to go inland to go around Battersea Power Station and train lines.  Battersea Dogs Home is on the route as is the Power Station, which is being converted into apartments and a shopping complex.  Here the signs failed and it needed a bit of thought to get back to the river and Vauxhall Bridge.  I passed the MI6 Building and continued along the Albert Embankment.  From here to Tower Bridge is mainly a paved promenade along the river. Between Lambeth and Westminster Bridges you can see the Houses of Parliament and pass St. Thomas Hospital. County Hall is after Westminster Bridge and a great tourist attraction with an aquarium, the London Dungeon, restaurants and of course the London Eye. After Hungerford Bridge comes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Waterloo Bridge and the Royal National Theatre. The Art Deco OXO Tower is a much more attractive building. After Blackfriars road and railway bridges comes the old Bankside Power Station, now known as Tate Modern. On the other side of the Millenium Footbridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, which has been in and out of view with the bends of the river, is now very clear. Soon I passed the Globe Theatre surrounded by schoolchildren. After Southwark Bridge a short stretch through cobbled streets brought London Bridge into view and then the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. I crossed Tower Bridge and went to look at the ceramic poppies (a memorial to WW1) at the Tower before catching two buses back to the hotel.

              Thames Path                   Thames Path            Thames Path             Thames Path                    Thames Path

      Low tide at Wandle Creek;    Battersea Road Bridge;    Albert Bridge;    Peace Pagoda, Battersea Park;    Chelsea Bridge 

         Thames Path                             Thames Path                Thames Path                Thames Path                           Thames Path

    Battersea Dogs' & Cats' Home;    Battersea Power Station;    River Thames Hippo;    Westminster Palace & Big Ben;    Charing Cross Railway Station 

                   Thames Path                 Thames Path                                    Thames Path                Thames Path                Thames Path

          Pink bus on embankment;    Book stalls under Waterloo Bridge;     Blackfriars Railway Bridge;    Globe Theatre;    HMS Belfast & Tower Bridge

      Thames Path                 Thames Path                Thames Path                Thames Path

    Tower of London;        Ceramic Poppies for WW1;    Stone Lions;        More Ceramic Poppies for WW1.