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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Capital Ring: Day 7: Richmond to Osterley Lock

Richmond Lock
Richmond Lock

After the majesty of Richmond Park, it would be fair enough to assume that the next few days of the Capital Ring would pale into insignificance. But like all good bands following up a classic album, the Ring doesn't try to compete, but instead it heads off on a new and refreshing tack. Although day 7 is one of the shorter days on the Ring, coming in at a meagre 3.8 miles, it really manages to pack in the variety; indeed, if you're looking for an extra day to tack onto the Wimbledon Park to Richmond leg, then you're much better off choosing this section over the dismal walk from Streatham to Wimbledon Park.

The main conservatory, Syon House
The main conservatory, Syon House

Syon Park

The Thames from the north bank outside the Brunel University campus
The Thames from the north bank outside the Brunel University campus

After the church, the Ring veers left and away form the Thames, which it doesn't reach again until the very end of the walk. Luckily the theme of today's leg – river walking – doesn't end here, but first the Ring cuts straight across Syon Park, home to the grandiose Syon House and a garden centre that has a welcome refectory tucked away behind it. Syon House itself is a bit of a tourist attraction, with a butterfly house and a grand old glass conservatory, but it makes for a pleasant stroll before the path suddenly bumps into busy traffic in the centre of Brentford.

All Saints Church, Isleworth
All Saints Church, Isleworth