Ravenscourt Park Tube | Map
Guided by Alison
Old, picturesque, storied, full of character, riverine, tucked away on its isthmus, sitting pretty – that's Chiswick. Comes of ancient stock. The name means 'cheese-farm.' And ancient? Chiswick's been answering to its name for 1,000 years. Cheese-farm and Thameside fishing village. How honest-to-goodness is that? The church, St Nicholas, goes back to 1181. Its present incarnation is a comparative youngster – 15th century. There's 16th-century Walpole House on the Mall. There's Chiswick's magnificent riverside promenade – the lazy river, the singing summer sky, the architectural feats and feasts – a stroll along that past-cosseted passage is a guaranteed medicine for melancholy. There are cafes and specialist shops and handsome old pubs. Say it again – proclaim it – old riverside pubs. The photo-op of the walk has to be the Dove. It's a tracking shot because the Dove is reached by a narrow path winding through a cluster of houses. Every step along there "teems with reminiscences of poets, men of letters and artists: let us therefore softly tread; 'tis hallowed ground" (Edward Walford). And it's not just the shades of Thackeray and Hemingway and Graham Greene and John Fowles haunting the byways and pubs and groves of Chiswick, here we're also deep into Arts & Crafts territory. Rich repast, this walk through this olde worlde riverside village. Saturday afternoon perfection. N.B. the walk takes about two hours and ends on the High Road, very near Turnham Green Tube.
The Charming Chiswick walk takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, July 27. Meet Alison just outside the exit of Ravenscourt ParkTube.
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