This is one of the shortest stages of the London Spiral, a mere 4 and a half miles – and that’s to the Pagoda. But we can’t just march through Kew village sticking to the route, without taking time in the treetops and glasshouses of the Royal Botanical Gardens. There’s no way a walk past the National Archives – whose job is to shut things away for 30 years until the sting has gone out of the story – would be as good, even taking into account the pleasure of crossing the Thames at Brentford.
No, here we must detour into the varied and remarkable expanse of Kew Gardens on a mid-May spring time visit.
Date & time: Sunday May 14th 2017, 1pm
Meeting place: Ealing Broadway station
Distance: the walk is an easy 3 – 4 miles
End point: Kew Gardens
Book by email, or phone 077932 00932
Cost: No charge for the walk, but it’s £15 for a regular adult ticket to Kew
View from Kew Bridge to Brentford Ait (centre) and Brentford (right), ford at low tide
Kew Green cricket:
Pictures from Kew Gardens in spring:
view from treetop walk