This walk is part of the trek The Route of the London Green Belt Way.
The route crosses the River Thames, going firstly north for half a mile to the Fordbridge Roundabout, then east thru' Lower Sunbury, past the Hampton Waterworks and through Hampton Village. We then follow a scenic route through Bushy Park and finish in the middle of the maze in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. It's a bit of a strange way to finish the walk, but you'll enjoy the scenery and the places you pass on route.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Start on the towpath 30 yards upstream of Walton Bridge. Take the path/cycle track away from the river and soon over a small road. Follow the path left and under the bridge and then as it circles around to the right and climbs. Near the top veer right, then turn right to follow the right hand side pavement over Walton Bridge. Once over the river stay on along the pavement, parallel to Walton Bridge Road (A244) and follow it as it turns right and then left.
(1) At 0.55 miles, at a large roundabout, stay on the right hand side and then turn right along Fordbridge Road. After just 25 yards, as the pavement comes to an end, cross straight over the road and turn right continuing east along the pavement (now on the left hand side). At 1.78 miles go straight past Halliford Road to your left hand side - Fordbridge Road becomes Thames Street.
(2) At 2.2 miles go straight on along Thames Street and past The Avenue to your left hand side. At 2.45 miles, at the mini-roundabout, go straight on past French Street to your left hand side - Thames Street becomes Lower Hampton Road.
(3) At 2.65 miles go straight on across the entrance to Sunbury Court Mews and then past the entrance to Sunbury Court to your left hand side. At 2.78 miles stay straight on past Harfield Road to your left hand side. At 2.95 miles stay straight on past Kenton Avenue to your left hand side. At 3.38 miles Lower Hampton Road becomes Lower Sunbury Road and filter beds of the Hampton Waterworks are now to your left hand side.
(4) At 3.97 miles, on reaching a T-junction, turn right to cross Lower Sunbury Road then go east on the pavement along the right hand side of Upper Sunbury Road. At 4.13 miles, cross over using the zebra crossing and continue east along the pavement. At 4.24 miles stay straight on past the entrance to Hampton High Street to your left hand side. Then past the Bell Inn and St Marys Church.
(5) At 4.35 miles stay straight on past the entrance to Church Street on your left hand side. Thames Street becomes Hampton Court Road and after another 100 yards past Garrick Villa (formally Hampton House), again to your left hand side. At 4.45 miles, stay straight on past the entrance to Hogarth Way to your left hand side and then soon past the entrance to the Stockyard to your left hand side.
(6) After another 250 yards, turn left, through a metal gate (Hampton Gate) into Bushy Park, then straight on along the main path and stay with it after 30m as it turns right on a wide metalled path between a long avenue of trees (Limes Avenue).
After 200 yards stay straight on past a small brick wall and a river to your right hand side, then after just 30 yards turn left and onto a wide path leading to a wooden gate after 80 yards. Go straight on through a gate and into Waterhouse Woodland Garden then straight on along a footpath with a stream on your left hand side.
After 100 yards at Y-junction of paths take the left fork and gently uphill to Waterhouse Pond. Continue along the path next to the pond, soon descending to T-junction of paths with a small waterfall to your left hand side. Turn left to follow the path north. Soon stay straight on avoiding a path off to right hand side and then again 90 yards later.
(7) After another 70 yards, on reaching a path junction, with a pond in front, turn right with the pond now to your left hand side (at 5 miles). NOTE: It’s at the pond we re-join the London LOOP for just over half a mile (there are markers).
After 230 yards stay straight on past a path to the right, and again after another 50 yards. After another 50 yards exit Waterhouse Woodland Garden through a wooden gate and go straight on over a wide path and along a tarmac path through trees.
Go through a wooden gate and into Pheasantry Woodland Garden. Follow the footpath straight on and east through the garden avoiding paths off to the right hand side. After 525 yards, stay straight on past a path going off to your left hand side.
(8) After another 190 yards, and at a junction of paths, turn left and over a wooden footbridge (the London LOOP turns right at this point and exits the woodland garden through a gate).
Once over footbridge go straight on along the most obvious path and past a cafe. Once past the cafe stay straight on for 160 yards to a wooden gate and exit Pheasantry Woodland Garden.
(9) Go straight over a road onto well-worn footpath across the grass. Soon at fork, veer right. After 260 yards, with a large tree to your right hand side, veer left at fork, soon with another large tree to your right hand side and a car park behind it (at 6 miles).
(10) On approaching the west corner of the car park, turn right to cross straight over a road, then turn right and cross a lane. Go straight on along the grass and parallel to the road for 25 yards then veer left on a path along the edge of trees. Then at a fork, stay left and keep the trees next to your left hand side. After 120 yards the trees open out with views of Bushy House to your left hand side. The path bends around to the right with a fence on your left hand side. On approaching the road, follow the path as it turns left, keeping the fence to your left hand side.
Stay straight on past the Cannon Gate entrance to Bushy House on your left hand side. For the next 100 yards follow this wide path, then turn left, still keeping the fence to your left hand side. For the next 300 yards the wide path continues in a straight line (north) with the fence to your left hand side. Stay with this wide path, as far as you can north.
(11) Then follow it as it turns right to a road (Chestnut Avenue) after another 100 yards. Cross straight over the road and past a park gate (Teddington Gate) to your left hand side. Once over the road go straight on, through a small parking area for Gate House, and along a wide gravel path. After 0.25 miles, where a path forks off to the left, go straight on for just 3 or 4 more steps, then stop
Look hard right (about 110 degrees), and on the ground, 90 yards away, and between two tall pine trees and in front of a copse of other trees, is a fenced off, low-lying, brick structure. Head straight across the grass towards it. There is a worn path across the grass, but it's not well-defined.
(12) At the United States Army Air Forces Memorial, turn left, along the line of pine trees, on a worn path for 100 yards (past 4 pine trees) then turn right, on another worn path towards a tall white flag pole (reached in 60 yards). Next to the flag pole is the SHAEF Memorial, marking the exact spot of Eisenhower's tent. Stay straight on for another 340 yards until you meet a wide metalled path / narrow road (Cobbler's Walk). Turn left along Cobbler's Walk. Follow Cobbler's Walk east for 670 yards to where it crosses a small stream.
(13) Immediately over the stream, turn right onto a grass path, with the stream now to your right hand side. Follow this path, soon with a lake to your right hand side which then narrows to a river. After 500 yards, on coming to a T-junction with a wide gravel path (at 8 miles), turn left and follow this gravel path, keeping a second lake to your right hand side. The lake eventually narrows and then opens out again as a large pond. At the far end of the pond, with a wooden footbridge to your right hand side, turn left on the path and follow it past the east corner of a large car park, then for another 370 yards to a children's playground.
(14) Where the gravel path meets the children's playground, turn right along the metalled path next to the fence. (Public Toilets are just to the left of the playground). After 200 yards (and immediately after passing a stream to your left hand side) turn left onto a wide path through trees and follow it as it veers slightly right to the road (Chestnut Avenue). On reaching the road there is a small police station to your left hand side. Stay left and exit the park through Hampton Court Gate, then left along the pavement and around the Lion Gate Hotel as far as the zebra crossing.
(15) Turn right to cross the zebra crossing and go straight on and through Lion Gate to enter the gardens of Hampton Court Palace. Immediately into the grounds of the palace veer half right to take the path going southwest with the tall hedge to the right hand side of the path. After 60 yards, turn right towards the entrance to Hampton Court Maze. Then after just a few yards turn right and enter the Maze.
Find your way to the centre of the maze. 9.1 Finish in the centre of Hampton Court Maze.(A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 33ft - Walton Bridge
1 : mi 0.54 - alt. 39ft - Roundabout
2 : mi 1.88 - alt. 36ft - Thames Street
3 : mi 2.64 - alt. 36ft - Entrance to Sunbury Court Mews
4 : mi 3.96 - alt. 36ft - Lower Sunbury Road
5 : mi 4.35 - alt. 43ft - Entrance to Church Street
6 : mi 4.61 - alt. 43ft - Hampton Gate
7 : mi 5 - alt. 72ft - Pond
8 : mi 5.62 - alt. 46ft - Junction of paths
9 : mi 5.79 - alt. 43ft - Road
10 : mi 6.05 - alt. 43ft - West corner of the car park
11 : mi 6.71 - alt. 46ft - Chestnut Avenue
12 : mi 7.02 - alt. 39ft - United States Army Air Forces Memorial
13 : mi 7.7 - alt. 30ft - Stream
14 : mi 8.52 - alt. 33ft - Gravel path
15 : mi 8.8 - alt. 46ft - Zebra crossing
A : mi 9.1 - alt. 43ft - Hampton Court Palace Maze
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