West London Walks

West London Walks

Whether you’re looking for a new route to take a leisurely stroll or seeking an alternative for your next dog walk, there are many West London walks to consider. 

With the River Thames running through the area and multiple picturesque parks, together with other vast open green spaces, it’s no surprise that walking is a popular pastime in the area. 

River Walks in West London

With the river running along W6 and W4, there are a number of river walks to enjoy in the area. 

The Thames is a focal point of West London, and walking alongside it provides a unique perspective of the city. Depending on which loop you’d like to do and how long you’d like to walk for, the West London section of the Thames Path can take you through picturesque Richmond and Chiswick, past landmarks like Kew Gardens, and across iconic bridges, including Hammersmith Bridge.

Kew Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge

The walk from Kew Bridge to Hammersmith along the Thames offers a picturesque journey along the river, showcasing the natural beauty and historical landmarks of London. As you stroll along the path, along Strand on the Green, you’ll be greeted by the tranquil waters of the Thames, with charming views of boats and wildlife. 

There are many parts of the river in West London that are wonderful to enjoy for a short stroll or a long one. 

Thames Path

Parks in West London

West London is home to several parks that are thoroughly enjoyable places to take a walk. From Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith to the expanses of Gunnersbury Park in W3, there are many wonderful parks in West London. 

Ravenscourt Park

Ravenscourt Park is an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of West London, with its expansive green spaces and mature trees, offers a picturesque respite from the city’s hustle. Whether you’re yearning for a leisurely stroll amidst the beauty of nature, eager to discover hidden historical facets within the walled garden or looking to engage in the community spirit through the various recreational activities, Ravenscourt Park caters to all. 

The park also features a café should you wish to stop off during your walk, it’s also a place where local events are run, people take picnics, and with the tennis courts and basketball courts there’s usually some action in its corners. 

Ravenscourt Park

Chiswick House and Gardens

Chiswick House and Gardens is a popular place to walk in West London. The gardens, inspired by the classical principles of symmetry and proportion, feature a stunning array of sculptures, fountains, and green spaces. 

Free of charge, visitors can explore the conservatory, the woodland, and the beautiful camellia garden. Chiswick House and Gardens offer a captivating blend of history, art, and natural beauty.

Chiswick House and Gardens

Gunnersbury Park

Gunnersbury Park is a vast expanse to be enjoyed, for a longer walk, visitors can walk the perimeter, but there are shorter loops too.  

The meticulously landscaped, expansive gardens and grounds, including the ornate Orangery and the impressive Gunnersbury Park Museum, add a touch of cultural richness to the experience. 

Additionally, the park boasts extensive sports facilities and there’s a Putt in the Park mini golf, along with a children’s playground.  

Acton Park

Acton Park is a well-maintained green space that has a large children’s play area to one side. One of the smaller of the parks included in this article, Acton Park is ideal for a walk less than 30 minutes, but the natural incline makes it a little more taxing in places. 

There’s also a Putt in the Park in Acton Park should you wish to stop off for some food in their pizzeria, or a coffee on the terrace. Of course Churchfield Road is at the tip of Acton Park where you’ll find multiple independent shops. 

Osterley Park

Osterley Park in London beckons walkers with its splendid blend of natural beauty, history, and architectural grandeur. The expansive parkland, adorned with serene lakes and lush meadows, offers a tranquil setting for leisurely strolls. The grand Osterley House, an elegant Georgian mansion, stands as a testament to the park’s rich heritage and provides a captivating focal point for visitors. 

Whether exploring the woodlands, admiring the historic estate, or simply revelling in the peaceful surroundings, Osterley Park offers an ‘out-of-london’ experience for walkers, and is just a short distance from Chiswick and Hammersmith. 

Richmond Park

Spanning over 2,500 acres, Richmond Park offers a diverse landscape with woodlands, gardens, and expansive grasslands. Visitors can enjoy peaceful strolls along the numerous walking paths, surrounded by ancient trees and abundant wildlife. 

The park’s iconic Isabella Plantation showcases a stunning collection of flowers and plants, adding to the park’s natural beauty. 

As one of the largest urban parks in the world, Richmond Park provides a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, making it an ideal setting for leisurely and rejuvenating walks.

Horsenden Hill

Horsenden Hill is a haven for walkers seeking breath-taking views. This scenic destination offers a network of well-maintained trails that wind through woodlands, meadows, and wildflower fields. As walkers ascend the hill, they are rewarded with panoramic vistas of the city skyline and the surrounding countryside. 

The diverse terrain and abundant wildlife make Horsenden Hill a delightful place for nature enthusiasts. Whether exploring the ancient woodlands or enjoying the open spaces, visitors can relish the peaceful ambiance and rejuvenating experience that Horsenden Hill offers to walkers.

Horsenden Hill can be reached by car or by taking the underground to Perivale station. 

West london walks

The Gruffalo Trail at Horsenden Hill

A delightful and enchanting experience for walkers of all ages but perhaps one of the best on offer if you’re looking for a place to go walking with children in West London, free of charge. 

Based on the popular children’s book by Julia Donaldson, the trail takes visitors on a whimsical journey through the woods, following the footsteps of the beloved characters from the story. As walkers meander along the trail, they encounter larger-than-life sculptures of the Gruffalo and other creatures, creating a magical and immersive outdoor adventure. 

Places to go for a walk in London

There are many places nearby that should also be considered if you’re planning on going for a walk in West London. 

Holland Park is a haven for walkers, offering a perfect blend of manicured gardens, tranquil woodlands, and captivating wildlife. 

Hyde Park, one of London’s most iconic green spaces, beckons walkers with its vast open expanses, meandering trails, and the serene Serpentine Lake. 

Kew Gardens is a botanical paradise, inviting walkers to discover its extensive collection of plants, glasshouses, and scenic landscapes. 

Syon Park offers walkers a delightful blend of formal gardens, serene lakes, and historic architecture. 

Bushy Park is a sprawling expanse of natural beauty, featuring ancient woodlands, expansive grasslands.

Kensington Gardens is a picturesque setting for walkers, boasting elegant avenues, serene water features, and the iconic Kensington Palace and Prince Albert Memorial.

Kensington Gardens

West London Walks

Whatever time of year you’re planning on going for a walk in West London, there is an idyllic route waiting for you. Short or long, with river views or tucked in woodlands, there are many places to enjoy a west London walk. 

West London walks and the wonderful green spaces on offer here are one of the key reasons people choose to live in our area of the capital. As always, to discuss your plans to move, please do get in touch.