This is a gentle and scenic ride from Surbiton, though Bushy Park, crossing the river at Walton-on-Thames and returning along the towpath route via Hampton Court.
Starting at Surbiton railway station roll down the main shopping street to the end, turning right into Brighton Road and follow it to the Portsmouth Road where you find the mini-Holland funded two-way cycle track. The path ends at the High Street but keep going ahead. You can cycle through the Ancient Market Place but it may be busy, so do give way to pedestrians. Cross over Kingston Bridge, turn left and takethe next right at the lights into Church Grove.
Enter Bushy Park at Hampton Wick Gate, taking note of the memorial to Timothy Bennet who, in 1754, established the right of way through the park. Looking out for deer, follow Cobbler’s Walk to Chestnut Avenue. Go left to the Diana Fountain, then right to follow another path to Hampton Gate. Leave the park along the busy Hampton Court Road. Turn left at traffic signals by the water treatment works towards Lower Sunbury. There is a smart café with an embroidery gallery in a walled garden here.
Inabout1.5 miles you come to a large roundabout; turn left for Walton Bridge. Cross the bridge, taking the first path on the left to get to the riverside. When facing the river, turn right and head back downstream towards Kingston. The towpath is nearly five miles long, varies in quality and in places can be busy with people and dogs. Follow the signed route separate from pedestrians on the approach to Sunbury Lock. The towpath ends roughly 200m before Hampton Court Bridge, so join the road.
HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Cross the river using the shared use path and crossing at the far side. Take the towpath past Hampton Court Palace for a three-mile path to Kingston Bridge. Turn off the Portsmouth Road at Palace Road for a shortcut back to Surbiton.
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