Walking from Wandsworth to Barnes is one of my favourite walks to do in London. It runs parallel along the River Thames, and about 4.4 miles long, taking over an hour to complete.
Starting at Wandsworth Park, walking by the river with Putney bridge in sight, the path then takes you onto a residential road before reaching The Boat House Pub (much recommended on a sunny day). Walk past St Mary’s Church, where on the weekends there’s a great food market. Cross the road to the start of the bridge and walk down to the river edge, near the Thai Square resturant.
From here the path is along the river all the way to Barnes, passing various boat clubs and the beautiful Hammersmith Bridge. After the bridge the path becomes very quiet, you will only pass a handful of people even on a weekend. You will know when you get to Barnes when you see the bridge, turn left and you reach Barnes High Street, great for little boutiques and cafes. Or carry on walking and make your way to Chiswick and Kew.
The lack of people and the fact the path is set away from any roads makes it quite unique in London, if you need to escape noise and pollution for a morning or afternoon then this is the walk for you!
Great Transport links in both Wandsworthand Barnes. Wandsworth Town Station, East Putney Tube Station and Putney and Barnes Train Station.