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|Kingfisher on the Quay Waterside Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 28 Jul 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from Kingfisher on the Quay in Mytchett, Surrey. Tucked away alongside a beautiful lake, Kingfisher on the Quay is the perfect location for eats or libation, sit on the deck and enjoy the lake or relax inside by the roaring fires. The walking route takes you through the sprawling local villages and wildlife corridors, with chance to discover the River Blackwater and the Basingstoke Canal in all their glory. |
The walking route is relatively flat, with just a couple of gentle slopes. Most of the paths are surfaced and firm, but the towpath along the Basingstoke Canal is unmade and can get muddy after periods of rain and in the winter months. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route, just a couple of flights of steps and few bridle gates. You will need to cross a railway at an unsignalled crossing point so look and listen for trains carefully before you cross. There are a few sections of road walking but these are through residential areas and all have pavements. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The village of Mytchett is located alongside the A331 at the western end of Surrey, close to the border with Hampshire. Kingfisher on the Quay has its own large car park and can be found just off Coleford Bridge Road, very close to the junction with the A331. Turn right off Coleford Bridge Road before you reach the first house on the right and follow the access lane (signed for Watersports Centre) back under the road bridge and alongside the watersports centre to reach the pub and its large gravel car park. Approximate post code GU16 6DS.
|Start to River Footbridge|
Start point: 51.2973 lat, -0.7375 long
Leave the Kingfisher car park, back along the vehicle entrance drive passing the lake and the watersports facility on your left. In the summer months, the lake is a hive of activity with water skiing, wakeboarding and paddle boarding. At the T-junction at the end of the first stretch of drive, turn right and follow the main access lane, passing through a bridle gate alongside a metal vehicle barrier. The access lane leads you over the River Blackwater and on between pretty sections of hedgerow, with the main A331 running audibly to your left (don’t worry, we will be leaving this traffic noise behind very soon).
|River Footbridge to Frimley Green|
Start point: 51.3027 lat, -0.7408 long
Beyond the river footbridge, keep straight ahead and ignore the path to the left. Your path swings right to reach a T-junction. Turn left and follow this fenced tarmac path which leads you through Frimley Hatches Nature Reserve. Each side of the path, but often not visible through the summer foliage, are large lakes set within the woodland. At the end of the path you will come to a pedestrian railway crossing. NOTE: This is an unsignalled crossing so make sure that you look and listen carefully for trains before you proceed.
|Frimley Green to Basingstoke Canal|
Start point: 51.3023 lat, -0.7286 long
Take the right-hand of the two tarmac paths which cross the centre of the green. Just before the far side you will pass the village sign, which depicts the old barn that you passed earlier. At the far side, cross over the road ahead to reach a parade of shops and then turn right along the left-hand pavement of Guildford Road.
|Basingstoke Canal to Mytchett Place Bridge|
Start point: 51.2996 lat, -0.7224 long
Follow the pretty green towpath for some distance, with the canal running on the left. NOTE: The canal is fairly deep, so take particular care with children.
|Mytchett Place Bridge to End|
Start point: 51.287 lat, -0.7214 long
Turn right along the pavement which leads you over the railway and continues downhill to reach a double mini-roundabout at the end of the road. Turn right at the first roundabout and left at the second one (using the designated crossing points) to join the left-hand pavement along Coleford Bridge Road.
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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: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The Kingfisher on the Quay is a little hard to find - so look out for the signs!
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
We saw plenty of people enjoying water sports when we were there in July 2015. The pub has a great terrace area right next to the lake to enjoy the scene.
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