It looks like the long winter walks are here to stay. Combining exercise, a change of scenery and the opportunity to blow the cobwebs away, winter walks really have become the new ‘norm’ for us. We're spoilt for choice with beautiful open spaces and riverside routes in and around The Court. Here's a few family favourites...
Child Friendly Wilderness Walk
Head down to the Wilderness area. The large open dog friendly flat riverside fields, with basketball court and football pitches, make this area a firm family favourite. Molesey Juniors Football Club play here weekly when they're able to. There's a large enclosed playground including a zip wire, to keep the adventurous among us entertained! Lovely local family area with plenty of large trees and open space for walks, running around and picnicking when the weather warms. Great local blackberry picking border the fields.
The Long Walk
Get your steps in! Begin on Bridge Road and grab a coffee from local favourite Mada or from 'The Vaccinator', The Mitre’s takeaway hotspot to take with you because you'll need the energy! Walk over Hampton Court Bridge and along the periphery of Hampton Court Palace, passing The Mute Swan and curving around towards the The Kings Arms, and crossing over into our beloved Bushy Park. Closed to traffic but open for local walkers, Bushy scenes are picturesque with frosty green commons punctuated by roaming deer. Its a magical walk that will get the legs moving. Walking from the South Gate, pass (or play!) the large playground, circle the large lake and cross back through passing the Diana Fountain. This walk really makes you appreciate the great outdoors right on our doorstep, with the vast open space and deer wandering free... but make sure you keep a look out and safely stay afar!
The Scenic Walk
Begin your walk in Hurst Meadows, where there's a free car park, if needed. Grab your takeaway coffee or fresh baked goodies from Eight on the River at Molesey Boat Club and Miss Polly Cafe at the East Molesey Cricket Club (there's small pay areas beside each cafe). Walk east, towards Hampton Court Bridge. Watch the Molesey team rowing and meander towards Molesey lock along the river.
There are wide walkways to accommodate bikes, prams and dogs. Keep walking towards the bridge and stop at the lock. If you're lucky you may get to watch a lock change and the odd boat drift through in these quieter river times. Great takeaway spot at the lock, with lovely teas and cake at H at Molesey Lock on Barge Walk. Finish up by walking riverside down the embankment to river level, where you can feed the geese.