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West Kent Walking Group

We are the West Kent Walking Group. We open the way for everyone in our local community to enjoy the pleasures of walking.

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  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
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  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking
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Overview

This is the 9th leg of our route along the Thames footpath.  You do not need to have walked any of the other stretches – you are welcome to come along just for today!  Dogs are also welcome

The first 1.5 miles are classic Thames Footpath – but then excitement – because of a bridge closure at Temple Lock we have to go inland and cross country for a 3 mile diversion – which includes a hill! The diversion is actually good – we see some great sculptures at Harleyford Golf Club, and go through a strange tunnel at Danesfield House.  We then have a very exciting river crossing at Hambledon Lock before we rejoin the footpath. Houses in this area are believed to have inspired Toad Hall in Wind in the Willows.   There is then a great 2.5 mile stretch along the river that takes us into Henley.

There are no obvious lunch stops today – so a big breakfast and sandwiches for a DIY lunch on route is the order of the day.

Distances to and from stations – and diversions - are included in the estimated mileage.  Trains from Henley on Thames to Paddington take c50 minutes

Saturday, 16 March 2024
Start time:
11:00 am
Estimated finish time:
4:00 pm
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
19.3km / 12.0mi
Ascent:
N/A
Type:
linear

This is the first walk of a 2 day West Kent walking weekend - there is a second walk starting from Henley  on Sunday 17th.  There is no obligation to attend the Sunday walk

Please note revised start time of 11 am 

 

 

Features

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Dog friendly

Starting point

Grid reference:
SU 85619 86513
Nearest postcode:
SL7 1AN
what3words:
feel.velocity.escalated
Start time:
11:00 am

We will meet outside of the station at 10am

Finishing point

Grid reference:
SU 76395 82250
Nearest postcode:
RG9 1BE
what3words:
grunt.songbook.tinny
Estimated finish time:
4:00 pm

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking