My walk to Ham House

I do this walk once or twice a week when I go to Ham House to volunteer and I love it. Once I’ve got out of town, I hit the river and this is the best part of the walk….

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Through Buccleuch Gardens….

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Out the other side and along the edge of Petersham Meadows…

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Petersham Meadows on my left and the Thames on my right…

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Cows in Petersham Meadows…

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Ducks on the path…

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The Thames, behind a ton of forage-able dock leaves….

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Horses came here recently!

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Marble Hill House on the opposite side of the river so I know Ham House is soon….

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When I see an open space in the trees ahead on the left, I know Ham House is only another minute away…

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Sure enough…

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The little bridge….

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The trees are hiding the house…

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Horses from the riding school next door….

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Almost….

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There it is!

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To the right of the front door, the windows you can see at the bottom here, those are the kitchen windows! I spend all day looking out at feet!

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I take the side gate around the building (that’s my kitchen window again, bottom left)…

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… Which brings me to the door the volunteers use to get in, the black one on the left….

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I then go down a few steps to the bathroom area….

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… Into the eerily quiet and empty downstairs, which contains the bathroom, the beer cellar, the kitchen and the mess rooms…

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Turning left, I get into the scullery, which then opens out into my favourite room in Ham House….

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The kitchen! This is where I spend all my time baking, the room I know most about and the place where I feel most comfortable, whilst working at the…

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Beautiful and huge old table, built in the kitchen in 1610 using elm wood from an elm tree on the estate. This table is my favourite thing in the house. And probably my favourite table of all the tables I have known.

Readers, if you do not yet have a favourite table, I suggest you get onto it.

And that is my journey, once or twice a week. It’s quite nice, as it happens.

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20 responses to this post.

  1. What a brilliant commute. I bet loads of people would swap theirs with yours (especially in the summer time!). In the pic with the signpost there is an arrow to “Twickenham Ferry”. How much does it cost to go, how long does it take and where does it land? How come people don’t just go over the bridges? Could you get a pic next time you’re walking to Ham House or is it too far off your track? Just curious really.

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    • The bridges are pretty far apart in this bit of the river. Between Richmond bridge and the next one down it’s about an hour and a half walk. The ferry takes you from Ham House to Marble Hill House. It’s only really really small and not very expensive.

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  2. Magnificent post! Don’t you live in London? There is such bucolic countryside that close to London? This is Fabulous, Absolutely Fabulous! Can I come live with you? I will be a detective at Ham House while you bake. LLM, one of my most fave of your posts and I have a lot of them.

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    • Yes, this is, in fact, London! And not a block of concrete in sight. London’s actually quite a green place. There are lots of protected parks etc. This walk, though, is unusual in how it looks like you’re in the actual countryside. You’re welcome to join me to detect things at Ham House. There are loads of ghosts there for you to detect. I’ll go on one of the ghost tours and report back. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

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  3. You didn’t mention picking up the horse pooh to use as manure in your garden, very recyclable. (Don’t tell me you didn’t!) When I was small people used to come out in the street with a bucket and shovel to pick it up after horses had gone through.

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  4. Ohhhhhhhhhh Fantastic! I love,I love everything! I want a table like this.I’m looking to buy!! wood stove is my dream!

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  5. Posted by Alex Jones on June 20, 2013 at 19:31

    Thanks for the scenic tour. I like the table too.

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  6. […] ten minutes, I will get dressed and take my beautiful new commute to work and do my second day in my fabulous new […]

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  7. Thanks for the tour!!! It is a lovely walk 🙂 ps that table is vintage fine…

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  8. It won’t let me like this twice. But in my heart, I know I do.

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  9. […] favourites are Sir Peter Lely and Van Dyck) 10. Got to know the life of the river better, via my walk to work. (And learnt about the importance of knowing the tide times!) 11. Got reacquainted with my […]

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