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Staines Moor (approx 5 miles)

Staines Moor is a large area of alluvial meadow that has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, along with two adjacent reservoirs (King George IV Reservoir and Staines Reservoir). The moor covers 117 hectares (290 acres) and the whole SSSI covers some 515 hectares (1270 acres).

History
Staines Moor is one of the last remaining pastures of the medieval Manor of Staines. Originally a clearing in the Forest of Windsor it has remained unploughed for over 1,000 years and has been registered common land since 1065. Registered commoners, who must live in the old parish of Staines, are entitled to graze one horse or two cattle on the moor but may assign their right to other commoners. The grazing is managed by elected representatives of the commoners, known as Moormasters.

Habitat
Staines Moor is one of England’s largest areas of neutral grassland that has never been extracted for gravel or agriculturally improved. Because chalky residue brought down by the Colne mixes with the silty Thames Valley soil during times of flood, the moor has acquired a unique ecostructure, with a rich and diverse flora including plants not found elsewhere in Surrey. Grazing by cattle and horses helps to this flora. The moor is crossed by the Colne and Wraysbury rivers and also features ponds, ditches, marsh, scrub and woodland. The large reservoirs on either side of the moor help to attract wildlife to the area.

At the end of the walk we can stop for pub lunch in Staines.

You may need:

1. Suitable walking boots and clothing for the weather.

2. WISy Subs £2.00 per person.


 

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  • Teresa

    Great company, thank you Peter

    April 30, 2014

  • Jan

    An enjoyable little walk, flat with no difficulties. Good for bird watchers and nature lovers. Especially nice along the River Colne and finishing back at Staines on the Thames.

    April 28, 2014

  • kathryn l.

    Very good walk with great company

    April 28, 2014

  • Liz

    Thank you Peter - lovely walk, you sorted the weather beautifully and a very friendly group :o)

    April 27, 2014

  • Saab

    Didn't know it existed! Very interesting

    April 27, 2014

  • Jan

    My first group walk and really enjoyed it. Good bunch of peeps! Thank you Peter

    April 27, 2014

  • Sally G.

    Really enjoyed the walk.

    April 27, 2014

  • Sally G.

    Really enjoyed the walk, good company too.

    April 27, 2014

  • Jane

    Sorry, last-minute emergency has come up!
    cannot go.

    April 27, 2014

  • Rosemary

    Apologies, I cannot make this walk this morning now. Enjoy. Rosemary

    April 27, 2014

  • Sally G.

    I goggled parking at the station and it is £3 on sundays

    April 27, 2014

  • Ana

    Is someone going from Guildford?. Do you know if it is going to rain?. I dont have neither propershoes ñor waterproof?. I have them in Spain

    April 27, 2014

  • Peter L.

    Opposite Station Approach are some roads on which you can park for free. Peter

    April 27, 2014

  • Rosemary

    Anyone know if it is free to park at Staines station on a Sunday?

    April 26, 2014

  • Jane

    Hope isn't pouring as I've found out my waterproof isn't!! Fingers crossed jane

    April 26, 2014

  • Duncan

    Peter & Sally; thanks for nos.

    April 26, 2014

  • Peter L.

    my tel no is:[masked]
    Peter

    April 24, 2014

  • Duncan

    Cd you pls post a phone no., I'd like to ask you some things beforehand. Thanks.

    April 24, 2014

    • Sally G.

      Here is a number you can get me on during the day[masked]

      April 24, 2014

  • Suzy

    Hi Peter, I have just joined this group and was wondering if you allow dogs on any of the walks?

    1 · March 11, 2014

    • Suzy

      Thanks Peter, I have been on a few walks with the Maidenhead walkers without any problems. I tend to stay at the back as a matter of courtesy to other walkers. Do you notify members when a walk is not suitable for dogs?

      March 12, 2014

    • Peter L.

      It really depends on the walk leader?

      March 12, 2014

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