The Capital Ring - Walk 3
Streatham to Osterley Lock
Picking up the walk at Section 5 which has a mainly roadside route but there is Tooting Bec Common and Wandsworth Common to add some greenery. Along the route you will pass Tooting Bec Lido which has one of the largest swimming pools in Europe and its iconic blue pools, diving boards and sunbathing area can be seen in films, such as gangster film Snatch, directed by Guy Ritchie.
Section 6 becomes a little rougher with some ups and downs. You pass through Wimbledon Park which was once part of the grounds of Wimbledon Manor House but is now home to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and Wimbledon Common which has a last of its kind hollow post flour windmill. The highlight though is Richmond Park, London's largest Royal Parks and Europe's largest urban park. It is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and has ancient trees, some dating back 700 years.
Through Richmond town centre and you join Section 7 which is mostly riverside. You pass by the edge of the Old Deer Park which was a Royal Hunting Park created by James I in 1604 but is now used for less bloody sports and recreation. A little further on and you pass through Syon Park which is the garden of Syon House, the London home of the Duke of Northumberland. The house boasts interiors designed by the 18th century Scottish architect Robert Adam and grounds laid out by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Through the park and the route joins the Grand Union Canal at Brentford Lock where you follow the towpath to the end of this section at Osterley Lock.
Distance: around 17 miles