Historic Twickenham is a 4.7 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Twickenham, Greater London, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and trail running.

Distance: 4.7 km Elevation Gain: 85 m Route Type: Point to Point

kid friendly

walking

running

lake

river

city walk

historic site

A linear walk from Strawberry Hill Station to Saint Margaret's Station, exploring Twickenham. Twickenham is a Thames-side suburb most famous for the England Rugby Union national stadium. This walk stays well away from the 85,000 seat looming leviathan, keeping to the historic heart of Twickenham, strung out along the left bank of the river. Archaeology shows that people were living in this area during the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages as well as the Roman period. But the first written record of the existence of Twickenham is in a charter of 704 AD where the settlement is described as Tuican hom. Farming, market gardens, fishing and glass making were the main occupations over the following centuries but little of this remains visible. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries have left a major footprint on the appearance of the historic centre of the town as it then became a fashionable resort for wealthy Londoners who built grand houses there. The coming of the railway around 1860 led to rapid in-filling with red-brick Victorian villas and terraces which now cover all of the previously farmed land. Public open space remains, by the river and in parks linked with some of the historic buildings and this walk follows those open spaces as much as possible. This is a short, easy walk on generally smooth or metalled paths with almost no climbing. There are no gates or stiles, but you will need to negotiate a few flights of steps.

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