Stanwell Moor


My parents go for a monthly walk with some relatives; the walk has to be very short and near a pub for lunch. Mum had been wondering about a walk around Stanwell Moor, near Staines. So she and I walked out there to investigate the prospects.

Staines Masonic Hall (originally built as a wine storeroom).
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Staines Moor

After visiting the greengrocer‘s stall in the town market, we entered Staines Moor by the cattle bridge from Moor Lane, which crosses both the current railway and the disused line.

I like the way the graffiti looks like it’s double-exposed.
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We walked across the moor to the edge of a reservoir and then into Stanwell Moor. (Confusing names here: Staines Moor is an actual moor, Stanwell Moor is a so-called village.)

River Colne.
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The burnt-out Land Rover is harder to spot than in winter.
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Bridge over troubled scum (by King George VI reservoir).
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Scum seen from bridge.
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Stanwell Moor

Stanwell Moor is a small cluster of streets squeezed between the M25, Heathrow Airport, and some reservoirs. It isn‘t completely devoid of amenities, the most unusual of which is an amateur pipe organ museum that Mum is planning to visit with the aforementioned relatives. We first located the relevant road for that, and then went to look at the nearest pub.

The Hope Inn.
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Not much hope of a meal here.
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Don‘t know how long ago it closed.
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Giving up on that, we next went to a footpath that runs beside the Colne and some old gravel pits, which are now used for fishing.

Shadows from overhead cables.
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Fishing point on river.
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This was actually a pleasant walk, visually, although planes taking off over us every minute made conversation periodically impossible.

Trees and a plane.
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Fence across river.
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We left the footpath and made our way to the high street.

Kind of a village green area, with very loud sheep.
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There is a still-functioning pub, which serves Thai food - but not on Monday lunchtimes, which is what they‘re after.

More moor

We returned across the moor by a different route.

Footbridge over Colne.
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Clumps of brambles.
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Exceedingly well fenced area crossing the disused railway.
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We walked a little way on a bridleway beside the M25. Hand-painted signs on a fence by a field to our left prohibited, among other things, ‘fly grazing’. I didn‘t even know that was a thing.

The path by the motorway is certainly lovely, but when we had the opportunity to take a side path that cuts off a corner and runs beside the river instead, we took it.

Split tree.
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Root circle.
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The path was a little overgrown, especially toward the end, with nettles taller than me. We soon discovered why: it ends at a railway crossing, which has helpfully been closed (supposedly temporarily and supposedly for safety reasons). So we backtracked a little and took a side path leading back to the moor.

Which led to this bridge full of horses.
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As we approached, the horses helpfully blocked our way. They didn‘t seem inclined to move (possibly because there‘s a foal there) so we gave up and returned all the way to the motorway path.

Giving us another view of this yard area.
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There weren‘t any more mishaps; we made it to Moor Lane and back into Staines.


Here’s a quick couple of pics from a walk in the rain on the next day.

Weir at Penton Hook, now blocked (mostly) by the steel gate shown.
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VW Beetle with a framed photo of VW Beetles in the back.
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