Extra Walk 261 – Norbiton to Putney
Length: Up to 20 km (12.4 miles), with lots of drop-out points. Toughness: 2 or 3/10 10:18
Strawberry Hill train from Waterloo
(Vauxhall 10:22, Clapham Jct 10:27, etc), arriving Norbiton
(see below for an afternoon walk option).
Norbiton is in TfL Zone 5 and all the possible return stations in Zones 2 or 3, so use your Oyster card.
This walk had its début on a rather damp Saturday in February when most people dropped out early, so I'm hoping for better weather this time. The first part of the walk is through Richmond Park
and if the Kurume Azaleas in the Isabella Plantation are in full flower it'll be worth taking the extended route here. Hopefully you'll be able to squeeze into the popular Sun Inn
for lunch in Barnes, but there are alternatives nearby (and a picturesque village green if you bring sandwiches).
For the afternoon leg you can basically choose to go as far as you like along the Thames Path, with a short diversion inland to visit the grounds of Chiswick House
(free entry, but about £7 if you want to visit the house and aren't a member of English Heritage or the Arts Fund).
You'll need to print the walk directions (with maps) from the Extra Walk 261
page, which lists the possible drop-out points from Barnes Bridge onwards. As a fair proportion of the walk is on firm surfaces, choose comfortable footwear. Afternoon Walk
: If you're doing some other long walks this weekend and just want a half-day outing, an alternative to dropping out early would be to take the 12:44
Windsor & Eton train from Waterloo
, arriving at 13:03
. Click the 'pm. Afternoon Walk' option to start the directions at §D and (if you like) look for the main group in the Sun Inn or around Barnes Green. T=swc.261