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The London Loop (Stage 7) – Kingston to Hatton Cross

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  • Meeting Time: 10:30
  • Approximate End Time: 15:30
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General information

This is the seventh stage of our circumnavigation of the London Loop. The start and end of the walk are very different in  character. The walk begins in Royal Kingston, on a historic crossing point of the River Thames. There has been a bridge across the Thames here since the 13th century, and was the only bridge across the river between London and Staines until 1729. Kingston remains the headquarters of Surrey County Council, despite being also the main town of the Royal London Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. The end of the walk lies close to a much more recent, though just as important  location in London, Heathrow Airport.

Despite the surrounding development with built up areas never far away, there are a number of extensive green stretches on our walk today. We will pass through the very attractive Bushy Park and then for some miles along the relatively unknown River Crane, which is 8.5 miles long and flows entirely within Greater London. We will then traverse part of ancient Hounslow Heath before approaching the  busy A30 trunk road near the end of our walk.

There are several points of interest on the walk, including the Diana Fountain, Waterhouse Woodland Gardens and the Shot Tower and Hounslow Heath.

Terrain / Difficulty

Easy walking on mostly level grass and rough footpaths. There is one stile.

Approximate Distance

9 miles

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