Richmond Bridge Circular Ride to Via Ham

Richmond Bridge to Ham – Circular Return Route. - 5 miles

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This cycle ride takes from Richmond Bridge along the river bank to Ham and then returns via different route. It is approx 5 miles long mainly along compacted trails and gravel surface, not suitable for road bikes. Easy leisure cycle ride

Start from the towpath next to Richmond Bridge on the Richmond side of The Thames. Cycle to your left along the towpath which runs parallel to Petersham Road.

The first section of the ride is fairly straight forward as all you do is follow the path along the riverbank. After about three quarters of a mile you pass Ham House on your left as you cycle along. Built in 1610 and now run by The National Trust. After Ham House you can see Eel Pie Island on your right in the middle of the river.

Now as you cycle around the bend to the left along the river you pass through Ham Lands Nature Reserve. You then cycle past the lake on your left and past Teddington Lock and at the end of the reserve you TURN LEFT towards Riverside Drive and when you reach Riverside drive you BEAR RIGHT and then LEFT on to Broughton Ave.

Cycle along Broughton Ave. for about 50 yards then TURN RIGHT along Lock Road. After 200 yards you come to the end of Lock Road you come to a cross road. GO STRAIGHT ACROSS along Ham Common. Cycle along Ham Common for about 75 yards then TURN LEFT along the bridleway which is just by the small car park.

Cycle for about three quarters of a mile to the end of the bridleway and then TURN RIGHT THEN IMMEDIATE LEFT which takes you back past Ham House on your left as you cycle along. When you reach the end of Ham House you go RIGHT DIAGONALLY across the boardwalk which takes you 50 yards to Hammerton’s Ferry on the bank of The River Thames. At Hammerton’s Ferry TURN RIGHT along the river bank which takes you back along the riverside to Richmond Bridge. The start/finish of your cycle ride.

There are various places around London where you can hire cycles from we would suggest you consult yellow page etc., to find the most suitable for yourself, should you wish to hire a cycle.

 

 

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