The Thames Path - going from Staines to Weybridge.

This next part of The Thames Path is around 6 miles in distance - starting from Staines Bridge the walk ends up by being able to cross the river on one of the few remaining River Thames ferry crossings at Weybridge.The second weir at Penton Hook Island, River Thames, England. The walk can easily be done one way as there is a bus service connecting Staines and Weybridge. Currently Bus 51 has an hourly service which leaves from The Ship in Weybridge at 09:25 hours Monday to Saturday and arrives at Staines Bus Station around 35 minutes later - alternatively the bus goes from Staines at 09:10 hours (so no service on Sundays and Public Holidays). A convenient although somewhat expensive car park at Staines is situated adjacent to Staines Bridge and it's just a few minutes from the bridge to reach the bus station. At the Weybridge end the nearest stop to the River Thames Ferry is around 1km down the road (Thames Street) from the bus stop at The Ship.
From Staines Bridge the path passes cafes, crosses the River Colne, a small park area and soon reaches a car park - from here you may be able to continue along to the railway bridge if the gate is open otherwise turn left to the road and then go right along it to reach the railway bridge. Go under the railway bridge to regain the Thames Path - the route continues between houses and river but this is quite straight section and pleasant to walk as it is often tree-lined.Ideal for a picnic - Penton Hook Lock area - Thames Path, England.
The Thames then takes a huge bend by a wide grassy area and then soon reaches Penton Hook Lock. The Thames here originally took another huge loop but because of constant flooding (which enbabled river craft to take shortcuts) the lock was installed in 1815. The result is that as well as the lock cottage and grassy area, Penton Hook Island was formed. By crossing the lock and then the first of the three weirs it is possible to follow footpaths around the island. Numerous plants have established themselves on the island as well as trees and shrubs. Note - the weir on the right after the first weir is locked beause it leads to private land.
Back on the Thames Path the route from the lock soon crosses a very elaborate bridge which is the intake to Queen Mary's reservoir. HOuses soon give way to Laleham Park where a wide grass verge follows the road to reach Chertsey Lock and Weir (neither accessible to walkers).Weybridge Ferry on it's way over The River Thames in England. Once under Chertsey Bridge open countryside occurs (Chertsey Meadows) at the end of which the path narrows beside moored houseboats. Another section beside a road follows but this has a fenced off wide grass verge with wooden seats dotted along. Soon the weirs and locks at Shepperton are reached (Weybridge) - there are several backwaters and islands and the junction of the River Wey. Here the Thames Path changes sides however there is no bridge there. It is possible to continue on the north side of the Thames to regain the Thames Path at Walton Bridge however it is far better to use the ferry to the other bank. Ferries were a familiar site along the river for many years but most have disappeared - a service has been running for around 500 years at Weybridge and this is one of the few remaining cross-river ferries operating
along The Thames. The small boat takes both cyclists and passengers and operates throughout the year during the day.

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