Horsley to West Byfleet
Length: 15.4 km (9.6 miles), with possible 3-4 mile extension to Weybridge
Toughness: 3 out of 10 10.03
train from Waterloo
(10.12 Clapham Junction
, 10.19 Wimbledon
) to Horsley, arriving 10.48.
For walk directions
click here A day return to Guildford
would definitely cover both outward and return journeys. Whether you could persuade the sometimes stern SWT train guards that a Horsley return was valid from West Byfleet I do not know....
This walk made a great pre-Christmas outing in 2016, despite there being a missing footbridge over the river, which we got around some way or other: I forget exactly how: but it may even be fixed by now. I remember a pleasant mix of scenery, including heathland, fields and woods, and despite the map showing a proximity to a motorway at one point, not much traffic noise.
There is a wonderful riverside pub
, the Anchor, 12.7km (7.8 miles)
into the walk, if you can hold off your hunger pangs that long. It is large and popular but serves food all afternoon and so getting there after the main lunchtime rush may be no disadvantage. The numerically-gifted among you will be aware that it is very close to the end of the walk, so you also don't need to fret about leaving much before dusk. For the same reason this pub would make a good tea stop.
Otherwise, there is the Black Swan
reached by a short diversion some 3 miles
into the walk at Martyr's Green: I don't know this establishment but from its website it looks to have nice food.
From memory West Byfleet has a cafe or two. EXTENSION
: Judging from the turnout on last week's Knockholt to Otford walk the standard walk may be enough for many of you, but for those wanting a longer walk, the suggestion is to switch at West Byfleet to the West Byfleet to Hampton Court
walk and walk the first three miles or so of that to Weybridge
. This is an easy walk along canal and riverside paths (though directions,
, or GPS,
, might be useful to get you started) and Weybridge has some nice riverside pubs. It is then about a mile to walk through the town to the railway station. No directions provided for this, but Google Maps or passers-by should be able to direct you. Trains back from West Byfleet
are at 27
past (there are also trains at 06
past, but these are stopping services, arriving at Waterloo only 5 minutes before the next fast train). Trains back from Weybridge
are at 06
(slightly faster) or 12
(slightly slower). T=3.214