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A cycle route through Surrey and Berkshire between East Molesey and Eton

PUBLISHED: 16:32 25 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:35 25 April 2019

The Long Walk (Photo by Colin Wharton)

The Long Walk (Photo by Colin Wharton)

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Set off on a cycle route you won't forget, taking in Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle

This bike ride traverses Surrey and Berkshire from Hampton Court Palace − one of the former bastions of the Tudor Monarchy − to Windsor Castle, one of the homes of the present-day Royals. A large part of this ride follows the National Cycle Network route run by Sustrans. The first section is along the Thames path, before a final section from Egham to Windsor goes inland and then through Windsor Great Park. This is largely a flat cycle ride, mainly off main roads with well signed cycle ways and river views. 


Information

• Start/finish: Hampton Court Station, East Molesey, KT8 9AE (TQ 15348 68343)

• Map: OS Explorer 160 and 161

• Distance: 23 miles/37km

• Terrain: Largely level riverside tracks with gates; some minor roads

• Time: 2 to 3 hours

• Refreshments: Choices in Eton or Windsor


The walk

1 (TQ 15348 68343) The ride starts from Hampton Court Station and is linear so you will have to get back to Hampton Court after the cycle ride. You can drive and park your car at the railway station, collecting it after the ride. Or get the train to the station. From the railway station, cross the road towards the river and Hampton Court Bridge, and start the ride along the Thames path with the river on your right and the bridge behind you. Follow the path for 7 miles, past Walton-On-Thames, till you reach the ferry crossing, the Weybridge and Shepperton Ferry (TQ 07548 65918). The ferry is £5 for an adult with a bicycle and runs every 15 minutes (or cycle over Walton Bridge into Shepperton to avoid this charge).

2 After disembarking the ferry, follow the road on the north side of the Thames, now with the river on your left. Take the first turning on the right and then left again to join the B375 and National Cycle Route 4. Continue on this road till you get to Chertsey Bridge (the Chertsey Bridge is Grade-II listed and built in 1785). Turn right at Chertsey Bridge and follow the Thames side road. Just after Laleham, this will turn into a track, still part of Cycle Route 4. Follow the track along the Thames till you get to Staines Upon-Thames (TQ 03211 71558) and cross the bridge over to the south side of the river.

3 Once you reach the other side of the bridge, turn right over the road and then left over the road, till you get to the A308. Follow the cycleway towards Egham, past Sainsbury's, and the cycle path will take you under the M25. Cross the roundabout, still using the cycleway, and take the second left along the A30 and Cycleway 4.

4 You will finally come to another roundabout and, at this point, cross to the other side of the road and come back on the other side of the road till you get to Copper's Hill Lane (TQ 00696 71466). Turn left up this lane, going steadily uphill and still on Cycle Route 4. Follow the lane with a college on your left near the top of the hill.

5 Turn left just before the end of the lane (SU 98398 72343) and then right (this is a busy road so take care), then take the first left and first right to Ridgemead Road to Crimp Hill and turn left, continue ahead as Crimp Hill joins Bishopsgate Road, and keep to the right till you reach the Bishopsgate entrance to Windsor Great Park. Check the website before you go, at windsorgreatpark.co.uk. It is a deer park managed by the Crown Estate and most areas are open to the public.

6 Follow the path to the right of the Royal Lodge until you see the Copper Horse Statue of King George III, erected in 1831. This statue marks the end of the Long Walk − an avenue of trees between Snow Hill and Windsor Castle. Cycles are not allowed along the Long Walk.

7 Follow the track in front of the statue. When you come to Duke's Lane, turn left. At the next junction, turn right, and follow the road into the village. If you want a break at this point, there is an excellent Post Office and Shop with a picnic table outside and also a toilet. The village has been in the park since the 1930s and contains the homes of workers of the Royal estate.

8 From the village, take the third right after the Post Office and follow Prince Consort's Drive to Ranger's Lodge to Sheet Street Road (A332).

9 Cross the road using the lights and follow Cycle Route 4. The road will be on your right of the path and eventually this will veer away from the road north with the Cavalry Exercise Ground on your right.

10 Keep to the edge of the field with the woods on your left till you reach a junction. Turn left and follow the track past the sports ground. Turn right at Saint Leonard's Road and follow this till you get to the B3022. Now turn right and follow the road into Windsor and the end of the cycle ride. You can take the train from Windsor and Eton Riverside, with one change at Clapham Junction, to get to Hampton Court. 


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