SWC Walk 45 - West Byfleet to Hampton Court
Length: 17.2km (10.5 miles)
Toughness: 1 out of 10 - dead flat! 9.42
train from Waterloo
(9.54 Clapham Junction
, 10.00 Wimbledon
) to West Byfleet, arriving 10.23
Buy a day return to West Byfleet
. This covers all but the short Hampton Court to Surbiton part of your return journey, for which you can use Oyster or contactless if necessary.
For walk directions
This is a very pleasant and easy walk along first the pretty Basingstoke Canal, then the River Wey and finally the Thames up to Hampton Court. It is surprisingly rural given that it is inside the M25 (mostly - you pass under the motorway early in the walk).
Apart from its proximity to London, I chose it today for its large number of possible lunch pubs
. I hope at least some of them will be doing lunch, though whether one will need to book or not I do not know. Perhaps try calling the pub of your choice at the start of the walk. Just before the road bridge at Walton-on-Thames there is also a substantial cafe-kiosk offering hot meals
, though again, if it will be open today I do not know. In extremis a diversion into Weybridge town centre
should yield some takeaway options. At the end of the walk
, the environs of Hampton Court station has a cafe or two, though they may close early. You might even make it to the Tiltyard Cafe in Hampton Court palace grounds if you are speedy (it closes at 4.30pm). Otherwise, there should be a pub open. Trains back
from Hampton Court are at 28
, then 19.58
. Journey times are slightly extended by 16 minutes today by the need to change at Surbiton for a connecting train to Waterloo.