A circular walk around the Surrey town of Chertsey, visiting the Chertsey Meads, the River Bourne, the Abbey River, the Wey Navigation and the River Thames. Along the way there's nice countryside views, pretty locks and easy riverside paths.
The walk starts from the picturesque Chertsey Bridge over the River Thames. This noteworthy structure is a seven-arch white stone bridge built in 1785 and is designated as a Grade II* listed building. Follow the public footpaths south east from the bridge and they will take you to Chertsey Meads where you can enjoy a stroll along the Bourne River and views across the open meadows. You'll pass Woburn Park and Hamm Court Farm where you pick up the Thames Path. This will take you north east past Hamhaugh Island in Weybridge. At the quay you can pick up the Weybridge to Shepperton Ferry.
The ferry has been running for 500 years and enables people walking or cycling the Thames Path to continue their journey past Shepperton Lock without being diverted by the Wey Navigation. On the other side of the river you can pick up the Thames Path again and follow it west past Dumsey Eyot to Chertsey Bridge.
Chertsey Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Chertsey Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Chertsey OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Chertsey Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Kingfisher is located in a splendid position next to Chertsey Bridge and the river. There's a good menu and a newly refurbished, stylish interior. They also have a large outdoor seating area where you can enjoy a meal with views of the Thames. You can find it at postcode KT16 8LF for your sat navs.
The area makes for a fine dog walk and the Kingfisher pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend the walk you could continue east along the river to visit Walton on Thames. There's a nice riverside park and pub to be found here. Heading north will take you to Staines.
The circular Shepperton Walk visits Old Shepperton where there are some fine old buildings surrounding an attractive square. There's also a noteworthy 15th century pub to visit on the walk.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Surrey Walks page.