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Posted:  Wednesday 23 May 2018

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Chertsey, Weybridge & Shepperton Walk

- Tuesday 27th February -

On February 27th eighteen hardy Associates gathered in defiance of 'The Beast from the East' to enjoy a flat five-mile walk in bitterly cold temperatures starting on Chertsey Meads.

Continuing along our way we crossed the River Bourne and finally reached the Wey Navigation which was opened in 1653 to provide a link between Guildford and the River Thames at Weybridge.

Carrying on along the navigation, which is now owned by the National Trust, the group stopped occasionally  to admire the three-arched iron bridge which was built in 1865 to provide a road crossing over the navigation, and the more recently built luxurious houses and gardens before reaching the point at which we had to summon a ferry to cross the River Thames.

The ferry gave us the best view of D’Oyly Carte island and the house that the founder of the Savoy Theatre had built as a retreat when he was not producing his latest Gilbert & Sullivan opera.

When walking along the river towpath we passed Pharaoh's Island which the Treasury gave to Admiral Nelson after the Battle of the Nile - he used it as a fishing retreat before it passed into private hands to enable the houses that now dot the island to be built.

Continuing along the towpath we reached Dumsey Meadow an SSSI which was thankfully free of the cattle that usually graze on the site and occasionally show a playful interest in passing walkers.

Returning over the grade II listed stone Chertsey bridge and through a boatyard we reached our starting point then gathered in the warmth of the Kingfisher pub for lunch and refreshments and to watch the snow as it fell more heavily.

Bob Young

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