The Christmas holiday has seen a further improvement on the path between Vauxhall and Chelsea Bridge.
The new route does not yet follow the riverside at Battersea Power Station but it does take the walker away from the unpleasant continuation of Nine Elms Lane known as Battersea Park Road.
ROUTE UPDATE: Vauxhall to Chelsea Bridge
It is now possible to stay by the river between Vauxhall Bridge and Heathwall Pumping Station at Nine Elms. On the way you pass close to the new USA Embassy where there is new seating.
The path turns inland to join Nine Elms Lane opposite Waitrose which had a handy toilet and cafe.
From here go right along the main road for short distance to turn back towards the river, passing between two tall buildings, and join Tideway Walk with its houseboats.
Pass the new glass Nine Elms Tavern (left). Where the path comes up against a wall go inland down Kirtling Street and left into Cringle Street to return to the main road.
Turn right along the busy Battersea Park Road passing the other end of Kirtling Street (right) and the giant Bookers Wholesale (left).
Look out on the right for the gated Pump House Lane.
Tide Tables Cafe at Richmond is easily missed but is probably the best place to stop.
You find Tide Tables Cafe underneath Richmond Bridge. Walking river thames societupstream you can pass through the tunnel under the bridge. There are two more to the left. One is still a boat builders. The furthest inland is Tide Times Cafe.
It’s open all day with good food. My vegetarian lasagne and salad was £10. On weekdays coffee refills are free.
There is skiff hanging above the counter and magazines available to read include Thames Guardian.
If you need to keep looking at the river, maybe watching the tide, you can site outside on the downstream side. Blankets can be borrowed from the basket at the door.
Hollyhock Café: Also run by the same management is Hollyhock Café in nearby Terrace Gardens. It has good view over the river from its high position.
To find the little rustic building continue upstream along the towpath from Richmond Bridge. When the houses and gardens end, but before Petersham Meadows, look for Grotto Gate low down on the left. A tunnel leads to steps running up to Terrace Gardens.