Brentford to Hammersmith


We started at Brentford Gauging Lock, and followed the canal as far as Thames Lock.

View from bridge over the gauging lock.
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Road bridge and reflections.
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Canal boat and green rope.
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Colourful corrugated building (which I’ve photographed several times before).
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No parking (under an ex-railway bridge; it now carries a road).
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Probably not the Royal Yacht (moored by Thames Lock).
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At Thames Lock, we climbed to the bridge and followed the road back to the high street.

Overhanging canalside warehouse.
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Derelict factory. Not sure if the blue graffiti says JUICE or DNICE...
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We made our way to the path by the Thames (more accurately at this point, muddy side-streams of the Thames) and followed it eastward.

Pink wall, and tree, at corner of Pump Alley.
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Nice boat, with a narrow island (Brentford Ait) behind.
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Boats in slightly better condition.
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Past Kew Bridge we continued on the riverside of Strand on the Green, until we ran out of path.

Steps, tree, and mud.
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Chiswick House

Having left the river, we passed some rather posh residential streets until we reached the grounds of Chiswick House. We walked through the gardens and looked at the outside of the house, but didn’t visit it - although we did stop at their café.

A large inflatable moon, hanging from a crane in one corner of the gardens.
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Chiswick House.
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After a short walk past a church we joined the Thames Path again at Chiswick Mall, which is an even posher stretch of waterside.

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The Thames and mud.
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Opposite bank of the Thames (from a narrow slipway).
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A spiral of debris, spinning endlessly.
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Sun setting over the river; a bird takes flight.
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Sunset, some nice railings, and a D-lock.
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We passed Furnivall Gardens, a park in the location where Hammersmith Creek once joined the river (it has since been filled in, although there is a large drainage outfall).

Tidal flow streaming past a buoy in the river. (Unless that’s a shark.)
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Hammersmith Bridge.
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On reaching the bridge we left the river and crossed under the best-known local beauty spot, the Hammersmith Flyover, to reach the shopping centre and bus station.

Shopping centre and offices.
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The bus station part seems unnecessarily complicated; there are actually two separate bus stations, one either side of the shopping centre. We went to the wrong one first, but we did get home in the end!

(My dad also posted photos of this walk.)

Bonus: A tree

On the next day we visited my brother in Matlock, Derbyshire. He took us on a rather muddy walk up Oker Hill to see a well-known local sycamore tree which was, apparently, once sonnetized by Wordsworth. (Does that make it poet-tree?)

Tree (1).
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Tree (2).
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Tree (3).
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Tree (4).
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