Friday, 16 January 2015

Thames Path - Hampton Court to Walton-on-Thames

Date of Walk: 22 September 2012
Approx Distance of Walk: 7 km (4.5 miles)
 Parking/Transport: Car Park in Bushey Park (Grid Reference TQ 160694) (free)
Return by bus from Walton-on-Thames to Hampton Court
Starting Point: Hampton Court Bridge.
Finishing Point: Walton Bridge, Walton-on-Thames

We parked our car in Bushey Park, which is the second largest of the royal parks and adjacent to Hampton Court Palace. Wild Red and Fallow deer roam the park and we spotted this stag resting in the shade.


It is wise not to get too close, especially during the rutting season, but this one seemed docile enough.


We walked out of the park and through the grounds of Hampton Court to reach Hampton Court Bridge on the river.


From the bridge we already could see our first lock.


So we crossed the bridge to join the Thames Path which now runs on the south side of the river.


The first lock is Molesey Lock.




After the lock we continued on our way past the weir.


Along this stretch are several palatial houseboats.



Across the river is a little domed temple which the actor David Garrick had built to house a statue of Shakespeare.


We were now walking through the open grounds of Hurst Park and looking across to the village of Hampton.


Our walk continued along a well-made track past some houses with ...

 

... some interesting topiary.


The following stretch was rather closed in and uninteresting, with the path flanked on one side by the walls of Molesey Reservoirs and on the other by the river.


Eventually it opened out again and we could see Sunbury Lock in the distance.


There are in fact two locks.


The one on the left is the newer, most commonly used lock. The one on the right is an older, manually operated lock, seldom used.





We left the lock and continued our way past some pubs and a large leisure centre. It was unseasonally warm by this time and I must have forgotten to take any photos until we got near to Walton Bridge.


Some people were keeping cool on the river in their canoes.


And so we finished our walk at Walton Bridge in Walton-on-Thames. We walked into the town from here, had a bite to eat and took a bus back to Hampton Court, from where we could return to our car in Bushey Park.

2 comments:

  1. My sister lives in that area so we have walked along this stretch of the river a few times. Walton Bridge seems to mean a lot to the locals. I get regular reports of traffic jams and the story of the new bridge etc.

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  2. Looks like such a lovely day. Thank you for the exercise. I needed that! ...lol

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