The Wey Navigation at Weybridge

07-Feb-16 • Sean O'Neill

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Approaching Walton Bridge

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Sunbury Lock

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Houseboat, Hampton

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Canal swan

on green water

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Canal boats

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If that's a cricket pavilion,.......

..... your pitch is flooded.

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West Byfleet to Hampton Court walk

The Thames Path, the Wey Navigation and several pubs.


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Mon, 08-Apr-19

Date # Post
Sat, 10-Feb-18 7

Saturday Walk - West Byfleet to Hampton Court

SWC Walk 45 - West Byfleet to Hampton Court
10.7 miles / 17.2km
1 out of 10

An easy walk along the Wey Navigation and the Thames Path to Hampton Court. The route can easily be extended beyond Hampton Court with some exploration of Bushy Park with its deer, waterways and woodland gardens.

Trains: Take the 9:53 from London Waterloo to West Byfleet, arriving at 10:21. Trains from Hampton Court at xx24/54. You may need to buy a single or use Oyster to get from Hampton Court station to Surbiton to connect with the outward route.

Lunch: The Old Crown, Weybridge (01932 842844), on Ship Street, where the canal joins the Thames. The Swan, Walton-on-Thames (01932 225964). The Anglers at Walton is currently closed for refurbishment.


7, I hear
Sat, 24-Dec-16 15

Christmas Eve walk - A riverside walk with lots of pubs

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 click here.

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 and 58 to 18.58, then 19.58, 20.58. Journey times are slightly extended by 16 minutes today by the need to change at Surbiton for a connecting train to Waterloo.

15 on this walk. Weather = hazy sunshine (which was a nice surprise). There was general agreement that this made an ideal Christmas Eve outing, with easy riverside paths, minimal navigation needed, and no mud. The section around Weybridge was particularly pretty. All pubs and tea rooms plus the food kiosk by Walton Bridge were open: about ten of us opted for the "recommended" Crown, the first pub we came to. We had a friendly welcome here but several were disappointed with the quality of the food. The sandwichers powered on ahead but we caught them towards the end, which shows the benefit of a Proper Lunch.

A hasty tea for some of us as we headed off on the 15.28 for our evening celebrations, but at least two expressed the intention to go to Hampton Court to see the ice rink. We parted on the train with many expressions of heartfelt sentiment, looking forward to our next far off meeting (in two day's time).
Sun, 07-Feb-16 17

Sunday Walk 2 – Towpaths and riverside paths to Hampton Court

Extra Walk 45 – West Byfleet to Hampton Court
Length: 17.2 km (10.7 miles). Toughness: 1/10

10:11 Guildford train from Waterloo (Vauxhall 10:16, Clapham Jct 10:21, etc), arriving West Byfleet at 10:55. If you've got a travel card for Zone 6 you'll just need a single from Surbiton to West Byfleet; if not, buy a return to West Byfleet (but see below).

Trains return from Hampton Court (in TfL Zone 6) to Waterloo at 05 & 35 minutes past the hour. If the South West Trains staff are in a good mood your return to West Byfleet will be accepted, but you might be required to buy a single to Surbiton where the two lines meet.

If you want a break from excessively muddy winter walks this one should do the trick, as much of it is along canal towpaths and riverside paths. Navigation shouldn't be a problem, of course, but you'll find the walk document helpful for a tricky section at Weybridge as well as its comments about the hostelries en route. The first possible lunch pub is the Old Crown at Weybridge, with several more at Walton Bridge and beyond. At the end of the walk Hampton Court has several pubs catering for tourists but I would have said that the cafés and tearooms in East Molesey were a better bet for tea. Alternatively, cross Hampton Court bridge for a quick look around the Palace gardens (free in winter) and have tea in its Tiltyard Café.

You'll need to print the (brief) directions from the Extra Walk 45 page. T=swc.45
Train cancelled ar 10:21 taking now 10:51 to West Byfleet. Phone 07875826366
17 on this walk (including the intrepid poodle and the 11 year old son of an old regular) with the weather fine and sunny but becoming cloudy and bleak later. This walk was undermined a little by the scheduled train refusing to leave Waterloo station so we all set off from West Byfleet about 40 mins later than anticipated. (One regular had ended up doing the walk in reverse from Kingston with the intention of ending in Weybridge!)

A gentle virtually mud free waterside amble with a fine lunchtime pub but the group fragmented somewhat in the afternoon and I ended up at Hampton Court at 3.45pm with the intention of crossing Hampton Court Park to Kingston and rekindling happy early 70s student memories of loafing in the park on sunny days with friends, cheap wine other substances but after tea and cake and with a sore right foot and unsure when the park closed I settled for the 4.,35pm train back to London. Hope all others enjoyed their walk.
Sat, 29-Nov-14 8 West Byfleet to Hampton Court
Wed, 05-Dec-12 West Byfleet to Hampton Court
Wed, 21-Dec-11 West Byfleet to Hampton Court
Sun, 14-Feb-10 West Byfleet to Hampton Court
Sun, 22-Mar-09 West Byfleet to Hampton Court
Sat, 27-Dec-08 West Byfleet to Hampton Court