On one of the days between Christmas and New Year, Mum and I took the train to Wraysbury (the next stop on the line toward Windsor) so that we could walk back to Staines.

This was yet another walk from the same book of Staines walks. I can't remember the name, but it's one of Joan Gardam's.


From the station we followed the main road for a short distance before turning off on Tithe Lane past farm buildings.

Nice wall repair.
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Shed windows.
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The path runs between the backs of houses and a gravel pit.

CCTV? Really?
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After that it emerges opposite the Baptist church in the high street.

The centrepiece of Wraysbury's busy shopping district.
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There's a windmill, which has been converted into a house but still has all its sails and everything (we don't think they turn any more except the fantail, which was spinning madly). And a village pond, and a bowls club, and a village green. They're definitely going for the whole 'village' thing.

Wraysbury C of E church. Spire part appears to have half-buried that diagonal thing.
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We left Wraysbury by a path from the church, through fields and to the riverside. There's an area of National Trust land here around the ruins of Ankerwycke Priory, which we diverted slightly to see, and the Ankerwycke Yew (a huge several-thousand-year-old tree), which we didn't.

Trees in field.
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Sun drops low in the sky behind Ankerwycke Priory.
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Hythe End Road

After following the river for a bit, our route led along Hythe End Road, which is a pretty strange area - strange because it feels kind of desolate and ill-kempt, even though the houses are probably hugely expensive. There's a bridge onto an island at one point, which we crossed to see, but it isn't very interesting.

Utility substation.
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Somebody working in their shed.
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Signage along the road is often less than welcoming. Our favourite is 'Keep out - private - £100 reward'. You get £100 just for keeping out? Where do we claim it?

More private land (there's a gravel pit behind).
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Builder's yard.
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Hythe End Road joins Wraysbury Road, which is the direct way to Staines. Rather than take that direct way, we turned off it and crossed the river on the footpath of the bridge that carries the M25 and Staines bypass. Then we followed the towpath to Staines.

Towpath under the M25/bypass bridges (gap between old and new bridge).
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Water works (1).
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Water works (2). Pretty dark, but I liked the little coloured lights.
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Don't know what this building used to be. Part of the gas works?
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After a diversion to Sainsbury's to pick up groceries, we crossed Staines Bridge and continued on the other side.

Garage in the boatyard. (And weird floating greenhouse thing on right.)
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That's it; shortly after, we left the river and headed home.

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