Lockdown can be tough and above all boring! But don’t forget you are allowed to leave your home for exercise just as long as that exercise starts and finishes in at your home.
There’s a reason why Kingston is named Kingston upon Thames and that’s because it’s built on the banks of the River Thames, so for one of your daily exercises why not get your 10,000 steps in and complete a river walk?
Our circular riverside walk should take just under 2 hours complete and is about 5.5 miles long. Which works out at around 12,000 steps. So you will more than smash the 10,000 steps recommendation. If you have a bike at university it’s a nice and flat 30-minute cycle.
Our route takes you along the River Thames to Hampton Court Palace and loops back into Kingston.
The Riverside Walk.
As you leave One Penrhyn Road, cross the road and head down Kingston Hall road and onto High Street but just before The Ram takes a left and then a right onto Riverside Walk. Walk along the waters edge passing those summer evening favourite bars including Browns, The Gazebo and The Bishop. And before you know it, you’ll have the 5-span stone arch Kingston Bridge in front of you.
Did you know the bridge carries over 2,000 vehicles an hour?
Head across the bridge and take in the views of the beautiful riverside location, before taking a left onto Barge Walk.
The Barge Walk is a 1.3 mile riverside walking path that takes you from Kingston all the way to Molesey and Hampton Court. The riverside walk will take you past the stunning Hampton Court Palace, the Tudor home of King Henry VIII, which is a must-visit location when the lockdown is over.
Hampton Court Palace.
If you do get to visit Hampton Court Palace, you’ll be following in almost 200 years of tourist history. Queen Victoria first opened the palace and the grounds to the public in 1838.
Did you know one of its earliest visitors was Vincent Van Gogh, who came to see the tapestries!
Right now, the gardens are open on the weekends from 10 am until 4 pm for essential exercise. The entry cost is £8.00, so there is an opportunity to detour off our riverside walk and cut back to Kingston through the gardens. Entry must be prebooked online.
Hampton Court & Molesey.
At the end of Barge Walk, you will have arrived at Molesey and will have the Hampton Court Bridge to your right.
From here we leave the Riverside walk. You now have two options. Either take a right onto Hampton Court Road and follow the tree-lined road back to Kingston. Or head into Bushy park and run, walk, jog through the park back to Kingston.
When you arrive back in Kingston cross Kingston Bridge and head back to One Penrhyn Road through the town centre.