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|Explore Surrey: Lammas Lakes and Staines Moor|
|Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 26 Feb 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5km (2 mile) walk in Staines-upon-Thames, part of which is easy access, taking in Lammas Lakes, Staines Moor, a short stretch of the River Thames and several smaller meadows that form an oasis for wildlife within the suburban area. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council. |
The first one mile stretch in Lammas Lakes forms an easy access route with only one enlarged kissing gate and surfaced paths, making it suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs etc. For walkers looking for a longer outing, the walk can be extended (up to 5 miles) by exploring the full expanse of Staines Moor. The full route is almost entirely flat and you will need to negotiate a couple of kissing gates, some single gates, plus two stiles (both of which have open fence surrounds for dogs to pass through). You will need to cross the railway at a designated but unsignalled crossing point, so look and listen carefully for trains before you proceed at this point. Whilst most of the paths are firm, Staines Moor can be very muddy or waterlogged at times. Staines Moor has grazing cattle and horses, although the open access area is very large so it should be easy to give them a wide berth. Allow 1 hour for the main route plus extra time for stops and exploring Staines Moor.
There are public toilets available in Lammas Recreation Ground at the start of the walk and if you are looking for refreshments the route passes The Bells pub at the junction between Church Street and Vicarage Road (waypoint 4). Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer 160 Windsor, Weybridge and Bracknell. 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 and finishes at the Lammas Recreation Ground pay and display car park on the B376 Wraysbury Road, just inside the M25 (close to J13). The car park fee varies by season, but as an example 2 hours in winter costs £1.60 (correct Feb 2016). The car park closes at 6pm in winter and at 8.30pm in summer. Approximate post code TW18 4UA. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info.
|Start to Bird Hide|
Start point: 51.4373 lat, -0.5219 long
Leave the Lammas Recreation Ground car park via the vehicle entrance, cross the B376 with care and you will see the entrance gate for Church Lammas Lakes directly ahead. Pass through the enlarged kissing gate, noting the duck ornament adorning the gate post. Directly ahead you will find a viewing platform on the first pool (Ashby Pond) with a bench, as well as an information board giving more details about the lakes. Church Lammas Lakes are a former sand and gravel site that have been restored for wildlife and make a great site for bird watching.
|Bird Hide to Staines Moor|
Start point: 51.4395 lat, -0.5213 long
When you have finished at the hide, return back to the main path and turn left, continuing back towards the start point. Stay with the main path as it leads you past Ashby Pool on your left and then swings left to reach the entrance kissing gate. Leave the lakes via the kissing gate to reach the B376. This marks the end of the easy access section of the trail, so if you are restricted by this, cross over the road back into the car park. Before you leave, it is worth following the paths ahead through the recreation ground to see the facilities (crazy golf, playgrounds and bandstand) and to enjoy the River Thames frontage.
|Staines Moor to Old Station|
Start point: 51.4413 lat, -0.5151 long
Staines Moor is an area of about 2 square kilometres of grassland with the River Colne running through its centre. The moor has been common land, with open access to the public, since 1065. The moor is still used for grazing animals and anyone is able to register to gain entitlement to graze stock here. Cattle and horses graze the grassland regularly and help to conserve the grassland for wildlife. Well over 300 types of plants and more than 130 types of birds have been recorded here as well as countless insects and small mammals. The area is well known for its skylarks which sing from high in the sky in the summer months. If you wish to extend the walk, you can do so by exploring Staines Moor.
|Old Station to Vicarage Road|
Start point: 51.4361 lat, -0.5152 long
During the 1800s and early 1900s the mill here was used for milling mustard and was one of the main industries and employers in the town. The old Staines West railway station was built next to the mill in 1865, by converting the mill owner’s house into a station building. The mill closed in the early 1900s and the station closed in 1965. The station building remains today (converted to offices) but the mill, platforms and rail lines were all demolished.
|Vicarage Road to End|
Start point: 51.4362 lat, -0.5181 long
Cross over and turn left along the pavement, passing The Bells on your left. As the road swings right, you will draw alongside the River Thames on your left. Sitting within this stretch of the river is Church Island, a private island which houses a number of residences. Just beyond house number 153 on your right, cross over the road to enter Lammas Recreation Ground.
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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 Feb 2016
We spotted this fox asleep in the winter sun as headed across the bridge towards Staines Moor.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 Feb 2016
Staines Moor - looks better in real life than via the camera.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 26 Feb 2016
The old station building.
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