Saturday 10th February
10 miles, Linear Moderate 10:30 Robert SM2 7AT
Meeting point: Cheam Station
A one way linear walk from Cheam Station to Kingston Station. This walk begins through Cheam Park and onto Nonsuch Park which is best known as the former location of Nonsuch Palace commissioned by Henry VIII. Writing of the palace in 1598 Paul Hentzner observed “This, which no equal has in art or fame, Britons deservedly do NONESUCH name”. We proceed through to Ewell Court and we then loosely follow the course of the Hogmill River for most of the way to Kingston. The Hogsmill River in Surrey is one of the tributaries of the River Thames. The name "Hogsmill" may come from John Hog, an important 12th century resident of Kingston Upon Thames. The Hogsmill is known for watermills, reputed to have produced gunpowder for the Napoleonic and American Civil Wars.
Please bring a packed lunch and there will be an optional stop on route at a café or pub for drinks only.
We meet at Cheam Station by the booking office entrance adjoining platform 2 (Upper Mulgrave Road Side) If coming by car there is a choice of parking at the station car park (Upper Mulgrave Road station entrance) at the time of writing £3.40 Saturday rate or 5 minutes away in nearby side roads such as Cornwall Road (free). At the end of the walk there is a choice of either catching a train from Kingston station or otherwise taking a 213 or X26 bus back to Cheam or another bus service if not returning to Cheam. If catching the bus to Cheam please note you cannot pay your bus fare with cash. At the time of writing a single bus fare costs £1.50. You can pay this fare by using a Visitor Oyster card, an Oyster card, a previously purchased travelcard or with a contactless payment card. If returning to Cheam you should alight at Cheam Broadway just near Waitrose and head for the main crossroads and then continue along Station Way and Cheam Station is then on the left.
Easy Walks are for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.
Moderate Walks are for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are highly recommended.
Strenuous Walks are for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rought country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the walk leader in advance.
Non-members are welcome to join us for 3 "trial" walks before deciding to join us. You don't need to book in advance - just turn up on the day.
All our walks are graded to give you an idea of what each one will be like. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short, easy walk first. It's better to find a walk too easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.
All our walks are led by SYW members. Please follow their instructions, don't walk ahead of them, and let them know if you decide to leave the walk before the end.