Twenty Morleyites joined Sue C on this nine mile walk on a very grey day. We crossed Richmond Green, through Old Palace Walk to join the river Thames as it wound round Kew Gardens, then under Kew and Chiswick Bridges to The Ship at Mortlake. The river was busy with rowers, this being the ‘Boat Race Stretch’.
The afternoon walk continued through Mortlake into Richmond Park at the Sheen Gate at the South of the Park. There being no sign of a sunset sky, we peeled off out of the Park at Bog Gate. We took a wooded trail that edges the park into the Richmond Old Cemetery, with its ruined Gothic Chapel part of which is full of Victorian Graves and is maintained by the Richmond Environment Trust. We then traced a path back to Richmond Town Centre via Albany Passage, originally called Brickfields Passage, through an area of Richmond called the Alberts – now very Chi-Chi cottages but at the time built for Richmond’s workers.
While a select few enjoyed excellent coffee and tea at the Alberts Deli others wended their way back to Richmond Station and the warmth of home.
Sue C. Thanks to Christine M and Carole for the photos.