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|Explore Surrey: Hogsmill River Trail Part Two|
|Author: exploresurrey, Published: 25 Jan 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 7km (4.5 mile linear) walk from Malden Manor rail station to Kingston 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 almost entirely flat. 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 One, making a walk of 9 miles. If 4.5 miles is too much for you, the walk can be shortened to 2 miles by finishing at Berrylands rail station. There are no stiles or kissing gates, just a short flight of steps within Kingston at the end of the route. These steps can be avoided, meaning it would be possible to take a rugged pushchair or disability buggy along the route when the grass paths are firm enough. Approximate time 2 hours.
There are toilets at Kingston rail station at the end of the walk. In terms of refreshments there are several options. You will find The Berry pub and The Walnut coffee shop, just before Berrylands Station, the Duke of Buckingham pub and Lucca’s fish and chip cafe on Villiers Road or a huge choice of riverside cafes, pubs and restaurants at Charters Quay in Kingston at the end of the walk. 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 Malden Manor rail station and ends at Kingston rail station. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, there are several car parks in Kingston which are just a short walk from the station, such as the Cattlemarket Basement which costs £10 for the full day (correct January 2016). Approximate post code KT1 2QY. Once you have parked in Kingston, you can catch trains (via Raynes Park) to reach Malden Manor (for this part of the trail) or to reach Ewell West (if you are walking the combined 9 mile trail).
|Start to A3 Subway|
Start point: 51.3848 lat, -0.262 long
Leave Malden Manor rail station and walk ahead through the drop-off area to reach the road (with the rail bridge to your left and the old manor pub building – now a Co-op – to your right). Cross over the road and turn right along the pavement to reach the large roundabout with a parade of shops over to the right. Ignore the tiny access lane on the left, instead take the next road on the left, Sheephouse Way. At the end of the road, keep straight ahead onto the tarmac cycleway which leads you down to reach Hogsmill River, which will be your companion for most of this walk.
|A3 Subway to Berrylands Station|
Start point: 51.3873 lat, -0.2719 long
Pass through the subway (there are tarmac slopes both sides if you are not able to manage the steps), and turn right along the pavement (heading back the way you came). Cross over the side road (Elmbridge Avenue) and continue to the bus stop. Just beyond this, turn left through the gateway to enter Elmbridge Meadows.
|Berrylands Station to Swan Path|
Start point: 51.3989 lat, -0.28 long
To continue the walk, go ahead passing under the arched railway bridge and continue on the tarmac footpath and cycleway between fences. The path leads you past a water treatment works on your right and out to the end of an access road. Keep straight ahead along the pavement, passing Surbiton Cemetery and a Sikh Temple on your left. Continue all the way to the T-junction at the end of the road.
|Swan Path to Penrhyn Road|
Start point: 51.406 lat, -0.2943 long
Stay ahead on this tarmac path and, further along, it runs with the river once again immediately on your left. At the end of the path you will emerge to the road with the buildings of Kingston University on your left. Turn left, across the river, and then immediately right, following the tarmac path with the river now on your right. Keep ahead as a bridge leads you over another branch of the river and then turn immediately right (onto an unmade path with the wider river on your right).
|Penrhyn Road to River Thames|
Start point: 51.4065 lat, -0.3037 long
Cross over the road via the two crossings and turn right along the pavement to reach a roundabout. Follow the pavement round to the left and, just a few metres along, use the pedestrian crossing on your right. Keep directly ahead into St James Road for just a few paces and then, before crossing the river, fork left down the tarmac path which runs with the river on your right.
|River Thames to End|
Start point: 51.4094 lat, -0.3084 long
Turn right along the river front, with the River Thames running on your left. As you reach the road bridge, do NOT pass under this, instead fork right up the tarmac slope which leads you up to the shopping precinct. Keep straight ahead, passing John Lewis on your left and All Saints Church on your right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author exploresurrey and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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