W2P Stage 2 : Wimbledon to Weybridge (19 miles linear)

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Apr 27

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not much ascent (~200m) but 19 miles is a fairly lengthy hike

Tired of walking around in circles? Join me on a series of 11ish linear walks which will take us all the way from Waterloo to Portsmouth (W2P).  This might be a two year project :) Each stage of the walk will pick up where the last one finished off.  The walks will largely start/end at stations on the Waterloo to Portsmouth line, with most stages being 18-20 miles.

So ... on to stage 2 : Wimbledon to Weybridge.  We'll start at Wimbledon station and head over to Richmond Park via Wimbledon Common.  Fear not for those who did stage 1 with me,  we'll take a slightly different path back to Richmond Park.  In Richmond Park we'll take a short detour to the Isabella Plantation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Plantation) which is apparently at its blooming best this time of year.

From Richmond Park we cut through suburbia to rejoin the Thames just downstream of Kingston.  At Kingston we cross over the Thames to take a wander through Bushy Park and then to Hampton Court Palace where we rejoin the river. 

We will then follow the Thames Path for most of the rest of the walk up until about 3 miles from Weybridge.  At this point we leave the Thames behind us for good and start heading south along the River Wey Navigation. 

For today we only spend a short time following the canal, but Stage 3 will largely follow the River Wey Navigation all the way to Guildford.

We'll finish up at Weybridge National Rail station which is a 40 minute ride back into Waterloo 

Media Credits : All photos by me.



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