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We did another of the National Trust’s Great British Walks a few days ago and discovered some new territory with an industrial past, but which today is peaceful and relaxing.  The circular walk which includes Pyrford Lock and Papercourt is 7 miles long and takes in a couple of small villages as well as the river, a canal and a two nice pubs!

The River Wey is a tributary of the Thames, joining it at Weybridge.  Its industrial past took the form of mills, 22 of them, used for a variety of businesses including grinding grain and making paper and gunpowder.  On this walk you pass Ockham Mill, now a lovely looking house, which had us seriously considering a move!

The Anchor pub at Pyrford Lock is a great place to stop for lunch, with views over the canal and lock, and a good selection of vegetarian dishes.  Nearly all of their desserts are labelled as suitable for vegetarians too.  The pub was pretty full, so think about getting there early!



The Ham House from Kingston walk features in the National Trusts collection of great walks

The Great British Walk is the initiative of the National Trust to get people out and about this autumn.  Using their click-able map, you can choose a download from 1,285 walking trails.  The walks on the National Trust website are in pdf format and have a clear, easy to follow layout.  The ‘Ham House from Kingston Walk’ for example is 8 miles long and takes in a lovely, wooded stretch of the River Thames, 17th Century Ham House and the open space of Richmond Park.  This is one of my favourite parts of London and proved to be a great day out.  The print outs also include information about the sights along the way.  Of course the walks tell you about facilities available at National Trust properties (in this case Ham House), but this walk takes you very close to Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park with a cafe and accompanying facilities available without an entry ticket!  Still these walks all look like a great opportunity to get out in the autumn sunshine (hopefully!) and take in heritage at the same time.

National Trust Great British Walk

Oh, and if you join the National Trust at the moment, there’s a deal for 3 months for free!


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