Historic views of Ham House circular walk

Walking trail

A 3-mile circular walk taking in the historic views from Ham House, into Richmond Park and at the top of Richmond Hill. The perfect walk to take when you have finished your visit at Ham House.

Family walking down the avenue leading to Ham House



Ham House and Garden


From Ham House, walk to the River Thames straight ahead. You are turning right, towards Richmond, walking along the Thames Path.

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When you reach a lane and signpost pointing towards Petersham, turn off the river path and walk down the lane called River Lane. To your left is Petersham Meadows, managed by the National Trust as a grazed flood meadow.


At the end of River Lane, you will reach Petersham Road, a narrow main road. Turn left here and then cross the road at The Dysart Arms pub, using the pedestrian crossing. Turn right through a large kissing gate into Richmond Park and just before the children’s playground, turn left and follow the well trodden path, in the grass, up to the top of the steep hill.

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Once you reach the shared path, you are turning left towards Richmond Gate and walking out of the Park, across the road by the converted Royal Star and Garter Home.

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Keep walking, passing The Richmond Hill Hotel on your right to take in one of the best views in the south east.

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From here, make your way down hill via the terraced gardens and along the Thames Path that runs alongside Petersham Meadows on your left, April to September you’ll see a herd of Belted Galloway cattle grazing the meadow. You will soon see River Lane on your left too and then you are following your previous route, back to Ham House.


Ham House and Garden

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Historic views of Ham House circular walk

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Historic views of Ham House circular walk

How to get here

Ham House and Garden TW10 7RS
By train

Nearest tain and tube station is Richmond. 

By road

Ham House is located on the south bank of the River Thames, west of A307, between Richmond and Kingston. Ham is readily accessible from the M3, M4 and M25 and the Richmond Park Ham Gate exit. The Ham Street turning, where Ham House and Garden is located, is opposite the Hand and Flower Pub along the A307.

By foot

Walk begins at Ham House. 

By ferry

Hammerton’s Ferry: seasonal foot/bike ferry across the River Thames from Twickenham towpath (by Marble Hill House: English Heritage) to Ham House and Garden.

By bus

Bus routes 65, 190, 371, 391, 419, 490, 493, H22, H37, R68, R70; alight at Richmond Station/the Quadrant.

Historic views of Ham House circular walk

Facilities and access

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Cafe and shop at Ham House