Kew Gardens Treetop walkway – a wobbly load of fun in west London

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Designed by the same folks who created the London Eye, the treetop walkway in Kew Gardens provides a fabulous birds eye view of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London.

Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway – to give the structure its full name – was opened to the public in 2008 on International Biodiversity Day to a design by Marks Barfield Architects.

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Standing aloft on 18-metre high rusted steel columns, the 200-metre walkway forms an elevated circular route past the tops of lime, sweet chestnut and oak trees.

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

The structure has a definite wobble to it when you find yourself in a crowded section – the movement rather reminded me of the original wobbly bridge, London’s Millennium Bridge.

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

The view is fantastic form the top.

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

The structure blends in well with the surroundings.

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Kew Gardens Treetop walkway - wobbly, but fun

Taking the stairs back to ground level. Unfortunately, the lift has been out of order for some time so please check the website before setting off if you need to use it.

[Kew website]