Barnes By The Sea #walking #london

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We haven’t done much walking this year, what with one thing and another so a trip to Barnes in South-west London was just the ticket. Two friends, Dog, the Textiliste and me. And an orange. I forgot about the orange until we were on the train home. It was that sort of walk.

The joy of being a Londoner is the amount of public transport – tubes, trains, buses, trams, river boats, bicycles – we are spoilt. And having just downloaded the latest version of Geoff 6.0 with enhanced surgical supports, I had my oyster card that gives me free range on the first four services London-wide, I was bouncing. The bonus is that I got to chose the route both where we walked and how we got there – I love the fact we can approach from several directions.

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Anyway we emerged at Barnes Bridge railway right on the Thames. It is tidal here and, joy, the tide was out so we could beachcombe the first half mile.

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Dog had ingested polonium or something so he glowed while the rest of us sought out some hag stones amongst the grimy shingle – Thames beaches are grubby affairs, even if the water quality these days is Ā a notch or two up from ‘instant stomach pump’.

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Back on the embankment we circled the meander, glimpsing Chiswick on the north bank opposite.

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‘North’ is a relative term since the meander means that at any one point you could be facing in any one of a dozen directions.

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The path cuts through woods and but for the occasional cry from a cox as a well drilled rowing boat hurtled past the noises were left to the birds.

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Beyond the apex of the bend we passed under Chiswick Bridge – a formidable and beauteous piece of cast iron and on to the Harrods Depositry.

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Harrods for those who don’t know is this large, essentially overpriced department store that pulls in the tourists.

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This place was its warehouse for many years, built by the same architect to mimic its central London brother. Now it is flats and equally overpriced.

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Shortly after we cut in from the river alongside the Wetlands centre; these reservoirs are now major wildfowl sanctuaries and open to the public; sadly they aren’t dog friendly so we walked beyond wondering if the many groups of half term freed children were appreciating what they were to see as they were dragged out of the their cars by equally mewling parents.

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Beyond the centre, urban Barnes re-emerges in the guise of Barnes High street.

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The shops are trendy, verging on the twee, you can spend the GDP of Togo on outfitting little Amulet and her sibling Tungsten in Finnish mohair and yoghurt jodhpurs and you can certainly eat you weight in Carrot and Quinoa cake. We had coffee.

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Some angel smiled on us as, skirting the ponds we made it to the station as a train pulled in. But, as with angels everywhere, this one had a snarky streak because, on changing at Clapham Junction, we found all the trains from Victoria were cancelled for an hour, due to a recurring lack of drivers. Either the announcement was on a loop or aliens were abducting ASLEF members to carry out egregious but wholly warranted experiments to see if any of them have the compassion gene….

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At least I had my orange…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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35 Responses to Barnes By The Sea #walking #london

  1. Ritu says:

    A great walk! And thank Goodness for your Orange!!!

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  2. A lovely walk shared. But, who puts quinoa in your carrot cake ???

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  3. gordon759 says:

    Surely the sole purpose of the Harrods Depository was to provide a landmark for the commentators to use during the boat race.

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    Very inspiring area, Geoffle!

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  5. Eileen says:

    A lovely meanderwith you is a treat since I am recovering from back surgery. A vicarious outing along the Thames is the perfect balance to waking to a thick snow covering the new blossoms of the Redbud outside our window. The dozens of bright red cardinals scattered fluffily among the cottoned green and red of the holly trees added to the celebration. Thanks for taking me with you. The best of both worlds this morning.

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  6. Three spits this morning Geoff and a gurgle! You are wicked šŸ™‚ Are you all doing eurythmy or semaphore in the last photo? That was a most enjoyable meander.

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  7. higginsmj says:

    Most enjoyable. Description and photos were a delight. A glimpse of London I have not seen. So glad you remembered the orange. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I liked the view under the bridge, and, of course, Angel Dog

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  9. I love your comments as you take us along your walks Geoff, they certainly add an extra layer!! šŸ™‚

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  10. Did you find anything interesting on the banks of The Thames? I hear it often holds treasures from the past.

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  11. restlessjo says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to Barnes. How remiss of me! Fascinating to see it with the tide so low. Thanks for the amble, Geoff. šŸ™‚

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  12. Charli Mills says:

    A nice walk! My eldest went to London as a teen on a theater trip and brought me back tea from Harrods.

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  13. Pingback: Jo’s Monday walk : the walled city of Lucca | restlessjo

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