East Molesey in Surrey County, England, United Kingdom
Part of the Hampton Court Palace Estate
Managed by Historic Royal Palaces
Discover the sights and stories along Barge Walk
Barge Walk runs for 5 km alongside the River Thames from Hampton Court Bridge to Kingston Bridge. This historic towpath has been part of the Hampton Court estate for 500 years.
Until the eighteenth century, the river was the main transport to Hampton Court Palace from London and royal visitors travelled to the palace in magnificent state barges. When the palace was opened to the public by Queen Victoria, many visitors arrived on pleasure boats.
Sport and recreation
From the early nineteenth century, pleasure boats punts and rowing boats became a common sight along the shoreline beside the Palace. Waterborne tourists still shared the towpath with horses pulling barges, as well as carts and carriages.
After the opening of Hampton Court railway station in 1849, Barge Walk became increasingly valued by visitors and artists, enjoying its mature trees and grazing horses and cattle. It is a popular spot for boating, walking,
Many species of trees and plants grow here. You might see Great Hairy Willowherb, Water Figwort and several uncommon London species - Purple Loosestrife, St John's Wort, Great Water Dock and Common Skullcap.
The river is also an important habitat for wildlife. Look out for rare sand martins along the river banks of the Thames at Raven's Ait. Freshwater fish of the Thames include eels, brown trout, chub, dace, roach, barbel, perch, pike, and flounder.
How we care for the area
Historic Royal Palaces is the charity responsible for the care of Hampton Court Palace and its estate. Our team of 42 gardeners and specialists looks after 60 acres of formal gardens and 750 acres of royal parkland and Barge Walk is an important part of the estate.
We conserve the Barge Walk area to maintain wild flowers and wildlife, managing trees with traditional methods like coppicing and pollarding and maintaining the cycle track.
How you can help us
Please respect the natural environment of Barge Walk and help us to maintain this beautiful area for the benefit of everyone.
By becoming a member of Historic Royal Palaces, your membership will help us to conserve and maintain Hampton Court Palace and its estate, now and in the future.
Historic Royal Palaces is the charity that looks after:
Tower of London
Hampton Court Palace
We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 51° 24.24′ N, 0° 20.484′ W. Marker is in East Molesey, England, in Surrey County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Hampton Court Bridge and Hampton Court Road, on the right when traveling north. Located at Hampton Court Palace on the bank of the River Thames. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Molesey, England KT8 9AS, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Toy Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Molesey Riverbank (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Family Coat of Arms of Thomas Newland Allen (about 150 meters away); The Privy Garden (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Broad Walk (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Great Fountain Garden (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Golden Jubilee Fountain (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Home Park and the Long Water (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Molesey.
Also see . . .
1. Hampton Court Palace. (Submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Hampton Court Palace on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.