Within a few minutes of leaving Richmond Station, you are crossing Richmond Green, passing by Richmond Palace and then picking up the Thames, your companion for the rest of the walk. It’s impossible not to be soothed by the bird life, river life and woodland walking. Syon House, Kew Gardens and the magnificent Thames bridges are highlights but so is the contrast between countryside and city. Some of the views will not have changed for centuries. Others will be constantly changing urban skylines. The Ship Pub is lies right by the end of the walk and the perfect spot to reflect on time well spent.