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|Shepperton and Desborough Island|
|Author: pubwalker, Published: 21 Aug 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile circular walk from Shepperton in Surrey. The walking route is a perfect outing for all the family with something for everyone. There’s a ferry ride, peaceful river side paths, sandy beaches, beautiful woodland and the hustle and bustle of the streets in this corner of Surrey. |
The walk includes a short trip on a pedestrian ferry. This runs every 15 minutes (on the quarter hour) from 8am weekdays, from 9am on Saturdays and from 10am on Sundays with the last ferry at 5.30pm each day. The cost is £2 for adults, £1 for children and dogs travel free (correct August 2016). The walk follows a mixture of tarmac pavements and stone/dirt woodland and riverside paths. The latter, whilst generally well made, can get a little muddy in winter and after long periods of rain. The route is almost entirely flat and there are no stiles or gates, just a number of flights of steps. Allow 2 hours, plus extra time to wait for the ferry.
Shepperton is situated between Chertsey and Sunbury-on-Thames in Surrey. The walk starts and finishes on Chertsey Road at Church Square. There is a small free car park in Church Square. If this is full, there is also a pay and display car park (Manor Park car park) a little further east along the main road. Approximate post code TW17 9JY.
|Start to Ferry Crossing|
Start point: 51.3882 lat, -0.4543 long
Standing in Church Square car park, facing the road, turn left along the road and follow it as it swings right. You’ll pass the pretty Rose and Chestnut cottages on the left, and then the impressive large Millbrook House.
|Ferry Crossing to Desborough Island|
Start point: 51.3827 lat, -0.4569 long
The ferry runs on the quarter hour – wait until the next designated crossing time and then ring the bell to ensure the ferryman knows you are waiting. Pay your fares and you will be taken over to the opposite bank of the Thames. This pedestrian ferry has been running here since the 1500s. The ferry was the scene of one of the encounters between the protagonist and the Martians in H. G. Wells' famous novel The War of the Worlds. A Martian is destroyed by a direct hit from an artillery shell, and its comrades use their heat rays to wreak vengeance on the fleeing crowds waiting to cross the ferry.
|Desborough Island to Walton Bridge|
Start point: 51.3832 lat, -0.4501 long
Follow the stone path passing under the branches of old oak trees, with the water immediately on the left. Keep left at any forks, sticking to the path closest to the river on the left and follow the path for some distance.
|Walton Bridge to Russell Road|
Start point: 51.3869 lat, -0.4298 long
Cross over Walton Bridge. This latest design of road bridge was opened in July 2013 and has no piers in the river, enhancing the views down the river and improving navigation for boats. The previous bridge which sits alongside should be fully dismantled and removed by Spring 2014.
|Russell Road to End|
Start point: 51.3903 lat, -0.4419 long
Cross over and turn left along the pavement, with the river visible over to the left. Cross over the side road, Manygate Lane, and ignore the footpaths signed off to the left. Follow the main road, passing Hallyford School on the right and cross over the side road called Wadham Close.
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This is a nice walk. Parking in the Manor Park car park is now £1.50, so you may want to start the walk at Cowey Sale, where parking is plentiful and free.
|By cdyer26 on 2016-07-04 10:22:17|
Walked in August 2016. The ferry gates are still correct at 29.8.16. The ferry is operated by the adjacent chandlers store Nauticalua, and on our visit it crossed to pick us up right away, no waiting. Further on the path around Desborough Island is good until you reach the point opposite the start of the walk, then runs through the main field until you reach the north east point, at which the woodland path is easy to follow again from Meadow Point. There is an interesting white post there - see my pic and your Laleham walk for explanation. Further on Walton Bridge is complete and two routes may be followed to cross it- we preferred to pass under the bridge and as we did so, to pick up a curving cycle/pedestrian track right that takes you right up onto the bridge. Equally good is just to bear right and follow the near side footway, which avoids the road crossing after the bridge. Last, everyone you'll meet on this walk has a dog!
|By loftyc on 2016-08-29 17:46:23|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: loftyc |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
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