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|Explore Surrey: Hogsmill River Trail Part One|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 25 Jan 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 7km (4.5 mile linear) walk from Ewell West rail station to Malden Manor rail station, following the course of the Hogsmill River and part of the London Loop long distance path. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The walk is relatively flat, with just a couple of gentle slopes along the way. Whilst some of the paths are surfaced, several long stretches of the riverside route follow dirt paths and grass banks which can get very muddy, so good boots are a must. If you would like a longer walk, this route can be combined with Hogsmill River Trail Part Two, making a walk of 9 miles. If 4.5 miles is too much for you, the walk can be shortened to 2.5 miles by finishing at the bus stops on Kingston Road. There are no stiles or kissing gates, but the second half of the route (after Kingston Road) follows very narrow paths (meaning this stretch would not be suitable for a pushchair or disability buggy). Approximate time 2 hours.
There are toilets at Ewell West rail station at the start of the walk. In terms of refreshments there are several places along the river suitable for a picnic, or you will find the Hogsmill Toby Cavery on Cromwell Road, just after the Kingston Road crossing. Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 61 London South. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.
The walk starts at Ewell West rail station and ends at Malden Manor rail station. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.
|Start to Railway Tunnel|
Start point: 51.35 lat, -0.2567 long
Leave Ewell West rail station via the ticket office and walk straight ahead between properties to reach the T-junction with the main road. Turn left, heading downhill and away from the train line. Where the road bends sharp left, use the pedestrian crossing to cross the road and then keep straight ahead on the tarmac path with the tall brick wall running on your right. A few paces along, turn right through the brick arched gateway to enter Bourne Hall Park.
|Railway Tunnel to Ruxley Lane|
Start point: 51.3552 lat, -0.2537 long
At the far side, turn right. Just a few paces later turn left, leaving the tarmac path and joining the grass and dirt path. Stay with the path nearest to the river on your left. After about 150 metres, you will see another stream merging in from the left, Green Lanes Stream. Simply keep ahead, with the combined streams still running on your left.
|Ruxley Lane to Kingston Road Crossing|
Start point: 51.3641 lat, -0.2704 long
Cross over the road and continue directly ahead on the riverside footpath, passing a beautiful line of weeping willows. Pass by the vehicle barrier and then continue along the riverside path for some distance - keeping straight ahead at the next crossroads (ignoring the bridge here), then passing a playground on your right and on to reach a second footbridge on your left.
|Kingston Road Crossing to St John's Church|
Start point: 51.372 lat, -0.2711 long
At the far side, turn left along the pavement (heading back the way you came), crossing two side roads. The pavement leads you over the river, immediately afterwards turn right through a staggered barrier to join a very narrow section of path with the river running on your right. The path takes you past a go-kart track and then a football pitch on your left, before emerging to a T-junction with a tarmac access lane.
|St John's Church to End|
Start point: 51.3821 lat, -0.2607 long
Beyond the church, keep ahead on the track, passing through a wooden gateway. At the junction, turn left, following the main path with the churchyard on your left. At the bottom of the hill, the path continues with the river now once again on your left. Ignore the bridge, simply keep ahead with the river on your left.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
Walked on New Year's Day, very muddy, but lovely walk none the less.
|By WimbledonWan on 05 Feb 2017|
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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Uploaded: 25 Jan 2016
William Holman Hunt's painting The Hireling Shepherd (1851).
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Uploaded: 25 Jan 2016
Sir John Everett Millais's famous work Ophelia
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