Wraysbury to Staines


We had hoped for a longer walk on New Year’s Day, but as the weather was unremittingly grim and there were still tales of flooding and railway delays all over, Mum and I took the sensible way out and stayed at home in the warm - no, only kidding. But we did go out for a shorter local walk, from Wraysbury station back home to Staines.


We walked from the station along a footpath past farm buildings and along the edge of a gravel pit to what passes for a high street in Wraysbury.

Road bridge over a stream.
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Farm building.
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From there we passed the windmill (a private home) and the village hall.

Parish church

The church is a little way further on. It has a porch which was pleasingly dry.

View out of the porch.
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Porch window.
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National Trust land

Toward the river there’s land owned by the National Trust. It includes an ancient tree, the Ankerwycke Yew, as well as what remains of Ankerwycke Priory. On this occasion we didn’t visit either, because it was still raining heavily and we decided against the detour. There’s a picture of the priory in my last set of pics from the same walk on another occasion. (I also have pictures of the yew somewhere, but can’t find them.)

Rain on farmland path.
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Trees on National Trust land.
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Looking across the river toward Runnymede.
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Back to the road

Our route followed Hythe End Road, a long private road by the river, before rejoining a main road.

I think somebody at number 88 likes red.
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Disused business premises, and a large puddle.
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Bridge under motorway and bypass.
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We crossed over the river on a picturesque footpath beside the Staines bypass and the M25.

Bypass in the rain.
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After a quick detour to Bell Weir Lock, we walked back to Staines beside the Thames (which wasn’t actually flooded, we were pleased to discover) as the light began to fade.

Polizei at Bell Weir Lock.
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Under the motorway bridge (1).
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Under the motorway bridge (2).
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Under the motorway bridge (3).
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