Old Windsor to Thorpe


Mum's organising a sponsored walk for charity later this year, so she's testing out the different routes. I went with her to walk one part between Old Windsor and Englefield Green; then we extended it to return to Staines via Thorpe.

We started by getting a bus to Old Windsor.

Old Windsor

From the imaginatively-named Straight Road where the bus stops, we took a footpath to the other main road.

Nicely painted Catholic church.
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Some buses used to run along this road, too, but not any more.

This used to be a bus stop; now it's the last stop for dishwashers.
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We followed the road south, walked beside the Thames for a bit, then crossed the fields near the Magna Carta memorial, taking a footpath uphill beside the Air Force memorial (plenty of memorials in those parts). There were an awful lot of steps, but we forgot to count them.

At the top, we passed a hall of residence for Royal Holloway College, then followed a footpath behind some houses.

Electricity substation by footpath.
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After that we basically followed roads to the Village Centre in Englefield Green.

Englefield Green

Nicely painted window ledge.
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The Village Centre used to be a church, one of several described as 'the ugliest church in Christendom'. On that morning the café was open, so we stopped in. I had a cold drink and a very nice piece of cake.

I think it has a certain kind of blockhouse charm.
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We walked around Englefield Green a bit then down past Royal Holloway and across the railway line.

Brick wall goes on for miles.
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Past the Proctor and Gamble laboratories, we found a public footpath that runs through a field, where we stopped to have lunch.

We sat on a different part of this tree/swing.
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Nearer its southern end the field got a little damp, but I managed to keep my feet dry (more or less).

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After that the path crossed the motorway and took us to the village of Thorpe.

Tree and phone mast near motorway bridge.
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Sofa and 'chiken farm'.
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Thorpe does a good line in (similar but inconsistent) antique signage.

Back the way we came.
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Or on to Chertsey.
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We went to have a look at the church, also noticing various parts of TASIS ('the American school in Surrey', a private school for American kids).

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View over churchyard wall to mysterious hobbit-hole next to a TASIS car park.
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Leaving Thorpe, we took Green Lane back toward Staines. It's called Green Lane because it runs between an industrial estate and the old landfill site. (Okay, that's probably not why.)

The landfill has been covered over now. We passed the gate to a small power station that burns methane from it, but the actual power station isn't visible from the road.

Industrial unit alongside Green Lane.
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Pretty part of Green Lane.
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We left Green Lane toward Staines on the same path we'd taken on a previous walk. I took some better-lit repeat versions of a couple of pictures from that.

Bridge over nothing (it's about a metre above a field that used to be a gravel pit).
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Side of bridge.
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Dangerous field.
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That's it; we went back to Staines.

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