Staines & Twickenham


This page includes pictures from three short walks, two in Staines and one in Twickenham. If you were feeling unkind, you might describe it (accurately) as ‘odds and ends’.

Staines, December 24th

Dad took me for a short walk around Staines in the afternoon. We started by walking along the Thames to Lammas Park.

The old bathing area. I didn’t fancy a swim.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′7″N 0°31′22″W

Across the road from the park, we walked around the small gravel pit lakes, noting that all the lifebelts had been thrown helpfully into the water. The exit to a field opposite looked a little damp, so we took a different route across a plank bridge to one of the back streets off Moor Lane, and from there onto Moor Lane itself.

Path off Moor Lane.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′26″N 0°31′9″W

Beside a water outlet gate from the River Colne, Dad suggested climbing an embankment. I didn’t know what was up there, but after a bit it became clear that we were walking along the line of the old railway. Then it became even clearer, because there’s still actual track beneath the trees.

Dad getting tooled up, just in case.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′31″N 0°31′13″W

The tracks continued all the way up to the bypass bridge (and beyond, but we stopped there). Inside we found some excellent graffiti, although with the general gloom of the day, it was a little hard to see.

Looking back the way we’d come.
1/125 at f5.6, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′27″N 0°31′7″W
Graffiti: DARCK, T17.
1/60 at f5.6, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′28″N 0°31′5″W
Graffiti: INUK, Team Seventeen. (DARCK mostly out of shot to right.)
1/30 at f2.8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′29″N 0°31′7″W
View onward (looks a little overgrown).
1/60 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′30″N 0°31′7″W

We backtracked to the road again.

Rail fixings looking good as new.
1/30 at f2.8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′30″N 0°31′10″W
End of the line.
1/60 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′32″N 0°31′14″W
Tree viewed from embankment.
1/60 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′34″N 0°31′16″W

Dad had intended us to walk across the moor at this point. After crossing the still-working railway line, we reached the gate onto the moor.

And decided not to go that way.
1/60 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′41″N 0°31′22″W
Water gate.
1/60 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′41″N 0°31′22″W

So we walked back along Moor Lane instead.

Tree and lamp-post in late afternoon sunlight.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′36″N 0°31′20″W

A footbridge runs across both railway lines and one of the rivers, taking us to another moor entrance - an underpass that has a new mural.

View toward bypass bridge. The working rail line is at the right, then the Wyrardisbury River, then (not visible) the dead railway line we had walked along earlier.
1/15 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′27″N 0°31′2″W
Part of the mural. ‘Staines Moor’, and animal pictures; pretty good, as these things go.
1/30 at f2.8, 23mm, ISO400 51°26′27″N 0°30′54″W

We didn’t actually go onto the moor, but walked back into town.

Split tree.
1/60 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′22″N 0°30′51″W

Twickenham, December 27th

We went to Twickenham to visit my sister-in-law’s dad, along with said sister-in-law, my brother, and their daughter. After a meal we took a walk to Richmond by the river, stopping at various play areas.

Church near their house.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°27′15″N 0°20′1″W
Another view. The tower was brought here from a demolished London church.
1/250 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°27′14″N 0°20′1″W
Gardens by the Thames.
1/125 at f8, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′48″N 0°19′23″W
1/60 at f11, 23mm, ISO200 51°26′47″N 0°19′1″W
1/30 at f4, 23mm, ISO200 51°27′3″N 0°18′18″W

Staines, December 30th

With an hour and a half to spare in the afternoon, Mum and I took a short walk to Penton Hook Lock.

Mastercraft Joinery (not any more).
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Steps to river.
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One of the weirs at Penton Hook, with all gates open.
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Disused bungalow.
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Shield City Engineering (which was operational until surprisingly recently).
1/60 at f8, 23mm, ISO200

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