Hogsmill River Walk
This walk follows the Hogsmill River from Surrey based Ewell to the River Thames at Kingston Upon Thames.
The 7 mile route uses sections of the London Loop and Thames Down Link to take you along the pretty waterway which is a small chalk stream tributary of the River Thames.
The walk starts in Ewell at Bourne Hall Park where the river springs. The park is a nice place for a stroll with landscaped gardens and a lake to explore. There's also a 19th century waterwheel, a museum and a cafe for refreshment. Car parking is available too but you if wish to come by public transport then Ewell West train station is a short stroll from the park.
In the park you can pick up the London Loop and follow the waymarked path north along the river through the Hogsmill Riverside Open Space. This area is a designated nature reserve comprising of 33 hectares of wild open space with a network of grass and surfaced paths. It's a haven for wildlife so keep your eyes peeled for water loving birds such as the Kingfisher, Egret and Grey Heron.
The path continues to Tolworth Bridge where it meets with the Thames Down Link. This will take you through Old Malden and Berrylands before coming into Kingston and finishing at the river. Here you can continue your walking along the Thames Path National Trail.
PostcodeKT17 1UF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Hogsmill River Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hogsmill River Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hogsmill River OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hogsmill River Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's a nice cafe in Bourne Hall Park at the route start. They serve a good selection of freshly made sandwiches and cakes. In Kingston there's some nice riverside pubs including The Bishop. You can sit outside and enjoy a fine meal with views of the river and Kingston Bridge. The pub can be found at 2 Bishop’s Hall off Thames Street with a postcode of KT1 1PY for your sat navs.
The area is very popular for dog walking with miles of paths to explore around the Open space nature reserve area at the southern/central end of the route. The Bishop mentioned above is also dog friendly with dog treats and water available.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
You could extend the walk by crossing the river at Kingston to visit Hampton Court Park and Bushy Park on the opposite side. There's miles of trails here with a herd of deer, fountains and lakes to see.
For similar walks in London you could try the Beverley Brook Walk and the Dollis Valley Green Walk. The Beverley Brook can be picked up in nearby Putney and followed to New Malden via Barnes, Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common. The Dollis Brook runs through north London to Hampstead Heath.
For more walking ideas in the city see the London Walks page.