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The Thames: Walton to Chertsey and Shepperton, 7.5 miles - NEW DATE: AUGUST 11

  • Aug 11, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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What could be better than the Thames in high Summer? Not much, so we're exploring a particularly fine stretch of the river between Walton-on-Thames and Chertsey, and for good measure taking in an idyllic stretch of the Wey. From Weybridge we're crossing into the fields and meadows of Chertsey Meads, before crossing Chertsey Bridge and making our way back on the North bank of the Thames to Shepperton and our lunch break.
We are passing three riverside pubs during the walk, but by far the largest and most suitable for our group is the Thames Court in Shepperton (pictured), which we should reach by about 12:30. You can buy food and drink there, or simply bring a packed lunch and have a riverside picnic on the lawn in front of the pub.
From Shepperton we aim to take the little ferry (pictured) to cross back to the South bank, and then visit Desborough Island, a peaceful nature reserve, before returning to Walton Bridge.

The walk is 7.5 miles over flat ground, mostly towpaths, so should be easy for anyone fit. There should be about 3 hours of walking.

Start of the walk and parking: we are starting from the Cowey Sale car park, a large free car park by the side of the brand new swish Walton Bridge, which has just opened (pictured).
By train: I will be driving past Walton Station so could give a lift to the riverside for up to 4 people.

£2 for meetup costs.
£2 for the ferry.

Dogs are very welcome.

Contact number on the day of the walk is:[masked]

You can send texts and call this number on the day. At other times this phone may not be switched on.

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  • Bob B

    Thanks Tom, i enjoyed the walk and chatting to different people.

    August 12, 2013

  • Maria Paula P.

    Lovely day out with very nice people, the sun out for us and stunning landscape! Tom, thanks a million for organising it! Tom and everyone, thanks for the lovely day!!! Have a good week!

    August 11, 2013

  • Sharon M.

    lovely walk - perfect for summer.

    August 11, 2013

  • Jon P.

    Met some very nice people

    August 11, 2013

  • Tim (.

    As newbies to the walk it would have been nice to have some introductions at the beginning to each other. A little chat about the route would have been appreciated,but we enjoyed our walk and meeting people who were there

    August 11, 2013

  • Sue A

    Lovely day time well spent and got to chat to some friendly people

    August 11, 2013

  • Veronica

    Lovely walk, thanks for organising Tom

    August 11, 2013

  • Simon A.

    Really enjoyed the walk and as ever,the great company

    August 11, 2013

  • Jenny S

    Enjoyable walk. Thanks, Tom.

    August 11, 2013

  • Lorraine

    A great walk, thanks Tom! Had a lovely day!

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry folks about the shambles at the pub - but at least the weather was perfect!

    August 11, 2013

  • wendy s.

    I really enjoyed the walk today. The weather was perfect & I met some very nice people

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Sarah E

    Hi Tom. Really sorry, not going to be able to make it after all. Hurt my kne in the week. Hoped it would be ok by today but am still suffering with it a bit.

    August 11, 2013

  • Jane

    hello coming from Hampton Wick can anyone offer a lift from anywhere... thx

    August 4, 2013

    • Jane

      Maria and Tom., so sorry but will not be coming today, did a walk yesterday and had a late night too. Sure you will have a great day and hope to see you soon. Thx Jane.

      August 11, 2013

    • Maria Paula P.

      Thanks Tom. I'll be at the Walton on Thames station at 10.45am. Look fw to the walk!

      August 11, 2013

  • Margaret W

    Woken up with v swollen ankle ( punctured by a thorn yesterday) so unfortunately can't walk - cant even stand on it! Sorry had to pull out so late.

    August 11, 2013

  • Stephen S.

    I am afraid i am going to have to pull out, got injured playing tennis today. Enjoy your walk everyone!!

    August 11, 2013

  • wendy s.

    Look forward to joining the walk tomorrow

    August 10, 2013

  • Duncan

    cd I join you at Weybridge pls? Assume walk from there to Chertsey and back to pub/ferry is approx. 4.5 miles? What time roughly wd you get to Weybridge?

    August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Meet in front of the Old Crown pub at about 11:30?

      August 10, 2013

    • Sue A

      Ok thanks alot see u there

      August 10, 2013

  • Tim (.

    Looking forward to our first meet up, coming over from Chertsey. Should be a nice pleasant walk

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,
    the weather forecast for Sunday is not bad, with a cloudy start and the possibility of some rain around 13:00, but then getting brighter.
    So please bring a light rain jacket just in case.

    The entrance to the Cowey Sale car park still looks like a building site, but the car park is fully open.
    To get into the car park, coming from Walton, turn left immediately before going over the bridge. There is a small yellow sign to Cowey Sale.

    On the day you can call/text me on[masked] if lost or running late.

    PLEASE TRY TO BRING THE EXACT CHANGE FOR THE FERRY (£2), as this will make things a lot easier and faster.

    I am picking up 4 people (Maria+1, Luo, Jane?) from the station. If you are coming by train and haven't got a lift organized, please post a comment ASAP!

    See you Sunday!

    August 9, 2013

  • Tina K.

    sorry, just found out my cousin has arrived from the USA and will be visiting.

    August 8, 2013

  • Pamela

    Sorry, I felt sure I changed my RSVP for this. I now have family obligations. Regards Pamela

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Contact number on the day of the walk is:[masked]
    You can send text and call this number on the day. At other times this phone may not be switched on.

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds a great walk ! I live in Weybridge so is close and would like to explore other paths along the river. :) hope the weather is in our side.

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,
    I haven't been able to find a postcode for the Cowey Sale car park. The nearest postcode I can give is for the Aston Martin dealership near the approach to the bridge in Walton, a few hundred yards away. This postcode is: KT12 1AT

    August 5, 2013

  • Yanna

    Met Gavin, looking forward to meeting you all

    August 3, 2013

  • Veronica

    I will be driving to Walton from Molesey so happy to pick up anyone who needs a lift along the route - or could collect from Hersham/Walton station.

    August 3, 2013

  • prema

    this is the first time I am attending... not sure of the area! any advise from anyone please?

    July 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Are you coming by car? If so the car park is not too difficult to find, from Walton go towards the Thames and the bridge. Just before the bridge is a turning to the left, the car park is a few yards down that turning. If you are coming by train, I still have one place in my car, I am picking up 3 other people from Walton station at 10:45. There is a link for a map near the top of this webpage, click this link and it will show you where we are meeting.

      August 1, 2013

    • prema

      Hi Tom, thank you for the response.. I will be driving as I have to get back to Ealing... I will try and find the post code and put it on my TomTom.... you know what may be easier? if anyone who knows the area needs a lift? I am happy to take anyone in my Nissan micra...? If you overflow let me know and I can pick people up from the station.. ? Thank you...

      August 1, 2013

  • Pamela

    A lovely route - count me in :-)

    July 21, 2013

  • Maria Paula P.

    Hi Tom! Can I have a place in your car if you pick people up from the station please? Thanks a million!

    July 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      no problem at all

      July 16, 2013

    • Maria Paula P.

      Brilliant! Thanks a million Tom!

      July 16, 2013

  • Maria Paula P.

    A friend of mine from Argentina will be visiting. Hence, I thought it'd be nice to bring her along.

    July 15, 2013

  • Ying-Zhen

    Please could anyone offer me a lift from the Walton-on-Thames stations in the morning? Thanks a lot!

    July 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, certainly! If you arrive at Walton station by 10:45 that would be great.

      July 9, 2013

    • Ying-Zhen

      Thank you so much, please count me in.

      July 9, 2013

  • Tina K.

    is this on the 4th or 11th? It shows 4th on the email but 11th on here.

    July 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, the walk has been moved to the 11th, as there is a cycle race nearby on the 4th.

      July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I'm away that weekend so unable to attend or pick anyone up!

    July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Rosanne, I can pick up people from the station

      July 8, 2013

  • brenda h.

    Sorry not able to make new date

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Walton so happy to pick up from Walton Station.

    July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Rosanne, if you can give lifts from the station that would be great!

      July 7, 2013

  • Jenny S

    Please note everyone that there is Ride London on local roads that weekend - see www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk - for route and closed roads. Website says timings are 06.00 to[masked]

    July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Jenny. In view of the road closures I am considering moving the event one week later

      July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I can get a train from Leatherhead (with 1 change) that will get me into Walton on Thames station at 10.45. Would you be able to give me a lift from there please?

    July 7, 2013

  • Maria Paula P.

    Hi! Look forward to this walk! I live in Kingston and absolutely love walking, discovering new paths and really enjoy meeting new people! I'm originally from Argentina and have lived in the UK for almost 3 years already.

    1 · July 7, 2013

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