Barnes was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 under its Saxon name Berne (meaning barn). Until the mid-19th century the village comprised little more than a few shops and inns and some imposing houses, mainly around the Green and Common. It grew rapidly after the building of Hammersmith Bridge and the railway, but even today Barnes, while part of one of the world's busiest cities, still offers a real taste of village life.
The 2.3 mile Trail, and the 3 mile Extension, have been designed to show Barnes at its best. The route is circular, so it doesn't matter where you start – just follow the silver 'Barnes Trail' discs set in the ground. If you walk quickly, you can complete the Trail in under an hour – but why not take your time, soak up the surroundings, and enjoy the shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants as you go. Even better, use the Trail as a starting point to explore more of Barnes.
The oar signs en route tell you what to look for. Four 'introductory' oars guide visitors at the main public transport locations – the north- and south-bound Red Lion bus stops on Castelnau/Rocks Lane, and Barnes and Barnes Bridge railway stations. The oars feature QR codes for scanning with a QR-code app and smartphone or a tablet equipped with a camera, to access additional information.
The Barnes Trail has been funded by the Mayor of London's Outer London Fund and developed in association with the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the Barnes Community Association.
Click here to download a trail map.
Click here to download the fun trail quiz.
You can click on the small check boxes above to superimpose cafés, pubs and restaurants onto the map to plan your refreshment stops! You can also click on any entry in the 'On the map' list to get a pop-up showing you exactly where it is, or on the icon on the map for more details.