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Saturday, 23 November 2019

Saturday Walk – [New] The Hogsmill River and Nonsuch Park (Chessington to Cheam)

New Walk – Chessington South to Cheam
Length: 14.3 km (8.9 miles). Toughness: 2/10

10:17 Chessington South train from Waterloo (Vauxhall 10:21, Clapham Jct 10:26, etc), arriving Chessington South (TfL Zone 6) at 10:51. Buy a Zones 1-6 Travelcard or use Oyster PAYG.

Trains back from Cheam (Zone 5) go to Victoria at xx:08, xx:29, xx:38 & xx:59.

I'm pleased to say that we have a new walk author: a long-standing SWC member making her début with this varied and interesting south London walk. The morning section skirts the edge of a country park and continues through Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve to a lunch stop in the old village of Ewell. The afternoon section explores the historically interesting Nonsuch Park and ends with part of the Cheam Heritage Walk. [OS Map of route]

Remember that as usual there's no walk leader, so please bring a copy of the draft directions in this pdf document and/or a track of the route (including points of interest, refreshment places, etc) for your GPS device; you can download this in either gpx or kml format (right-click and Save As... should do it).

3 comments:

Daisy Roots said...

I'd like to thank Sean for proposing the route for the first part of the walk, from Chessington South to Hogsmill.

Andrew said...

Looks a very interesting walk. Nonsuch especially has a fascinating history : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonsuch_Palace

Mr M Tiger said...

About N=18 hardy types turned out for what had been forecast as a day of drizzle. The rain held off mostly but, when it did come, it was very light, hardly even enough to call 'smirr'. So w=overcast-mostly-dry-occasional-very-light-rain.
A pleasant walk with plenty of big trees, and an abundance of parakeets and mud. The slidey type not the sinky type. You could almost pretend you weren't in London. (Were we?) Some colour in places but autumn is mostly over.
Directions easy to follow though they require careful attention through Nonsuch Park. Lose your place and one landmark looks like the next, and you have to race to keep up with the group. (Not that this happened to me, you understand).
The group split into 3 for lunch, between Ewell's 2 pubs and its park.
Nonsuch obviously, was of historical interest and, near the end of the walk, in Cheam, we encountered a newly opened historic house, Whitehall. Free to visit and full of curiosities.
Tea for some was had in Tasha's Teashop which was good. Here, one of our number encountered the only drizzle of the day,which was lemon flavoured.