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The Barnes Trail

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by Sue Lancaster (subscribe)
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Published July 12th 2013
A taste of village-life in a busy city
The newly launched Barnes Trail is a 2.3-mile walk around the picturesque village of Barnes in South-West London. It has been funded by the Mayor of London's Outer London Fund and has been designed to show off the best of Barnes as a tourist destination. The trail starts and ends at the Red Lion pub on the corner of Castlenau and Church Road, although as it's a circular route you can join it at any point.

Barnes Trail Map
Map showing the main trail route (blue) and the trail extension (green)

Circular discs in the pavement mark the trail, so if you can find one of these, then you're on the right track.

Barnes Trail disc
Barnes Trail disc

Along the way there are nine 'oars' providing interesting facts about that particular part of the village. Each oar has a QR code to scan using a smart-phone for additional information.

Barnes Trail Oar
Barnes Trail Oar

Landmarks en route include; The Olympic Cinema, where the likes of The Rolling Stones and the Beatles have recorded albums; St Mary's Church, which is the oldest building in Barnes, dating back to the 12th century; the high street, with its unique collection of shops, cafes and pubs; and Barnes Green, where a picturesque duck pond is situated (the Farmers Market and Collectors' Market are both held here too).

Barnes Pond
Barnes Pond is one of the trail's beauty spots

There are also four additional 'oars' outside each main transport link. These will inform you how to get around and direct you to the trail. If you walk the trail without stopping, it'll take about 45 minutes, however there are loads of places to stop along the way, so it's worth taking your time and truly exploring all that the area has to offer. Back at the start of the route, there is a 3-mile extension taking you alongside the London Wetland Centre, and along the river to Hammersmith Bridge.

Barnes Trail Map
Download a trail map to help you plan your visit

For more information about the trail and to download this map, visit the Barnes Village website.
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Why? To see Barnes at its best
When: Anytime
Where: Barnes, South-West London
Cost: Free
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