West from Putney
(Cycle Guides 9 and 10)
From Putney you can cycle up to 24 miles upstream along a riverside path with only a couple of roads to cross when the path changes from the South to the North bank between Kingston and Hampton Court. You can join or leave this route at any point that suits you, catching the train home or designing a circular route to incorporate what takes your fancy.
Near to the beginning of the path, in Barnes, you pass the Wetland Centre, 40 hectares of created wetlands designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and supporting a range of wildlife including ducks, waders, water voles and bats.
A little further on is The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At Richmond you can take a detour into Richmond Park which has eight miles of cycle track. Beyond Kingston you can visit Hampton Court and Bushy Park. There is much to see there, including the famous maze, so you should leave plenty
of time for this. There are also opportunities for riverside pub lunches along the way.
Some parts of this path are also part of National Cycle Network route 4. Once at Weybridge, you can follow this marked route to Windsor and Eton, Reading and beyond. Although some of this is on or beside roads, it also goes along some of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames.