GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Barnes Common, River and Wetland Centre Walk

7 miles (11.5 km)

This circular walk takes you around the London village of Barnes. It's an affluent and attractive area with nice walks to be had through the common, green and along the River Thames. There's also the splendid London Wetland Centre with its lakes, ponds, gardens and wide variety of wildlife.
The walk starts from Barnes train station and heads east across Barnes Common and Putney Lower Common. The commons consist of mixedbroadleafwoodland,meadows, scrublandand acid grassland.
The commons lead you on to the pretty Beverley Brook which you follow to the River Thames. Head north along the Thames Path and you will soon come to the London Wetland Centre. For a fee you can explore the site and look out for a huge variety of wildlife including otters, Eurasian bittern,northern pintail,northern lapwing,water rail,rose-ringed parakeet,Eurasian sparrowhawk,sand martin,common kingfisher,little grebeandgreat crested grebe. The site also includes an excellent visitor centre and a nice cafe.
After exploring the site, the walk heads back to the river, heading north to Hammersmith Bridge. You continue through Chiswick before leaving the river and heading to Barnes Green. The pretty green has a pond and the Grade II listed Sun Inn on its fringe. The mid 18th century pub is a nice place for refreshments at the end of your walk.
There's lots of good options for extending your exercise in the area. You could try our Chiswick Riverside Walk and visit the lovely Chiswick House with its beautiful gardens and neo-Palladian villa.
You could also follow the Beverley Brook south through Roehampton to Richmond Park where there's miles of cycling and walking trails set in a huge deer park.

Barnes Common, River and Wetland Centre OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Barnes Common, River and Wetland Centre Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Barnes Common. - - 21034

Barnes Common

River Thames From Barnes - - 1310028

River Thames at Barnes. Looking down river towards Hammersmith, several crews are out training.

London Wetland Centre May 2015

This is the Peter Scott Visitor Centre building at the London Wetland Centre in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The London Wetland Centre is an approximately 100-acre wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust.

Grey Heron in London Wetlands Centre - - 795424

Grey Heron at the Wetland Centre. Looking vaguely north across one of the small 'ponds' at the London Wetlands Centre (near Barnes).

On Barnes Common - - 2898458

On Barnes Common

Path, Barnes Common - - 3810830

Footpath, Barnes Common in the spring

Barnes Bridge - - 2618249

Barnes Bridge

Barnes village green - - 2219244

Barnes village green in late summer


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Barnes Common, River and Wetland Centre.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)