Graham Pearcey

Graham Pearcey

Walk number 15

Wraysbury Lakes and Horton (7.46 miles / 11.90 km / 3.00 hours):

Ankerwycke Yew The Perseverance St Andrew's Wraysbury
Photos copyright © Graham Pearcey 2011 & 2016

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  • Park at The Perseverance pub, High St, Wraysbury, TW19 5DB. Food is served until 3:00 PM and again from 5:00 PM Tue-Fri. Food is served all afternoon until 9:00 PM Sat and 6:00 PM Sun. (No food available Mon.)
  • With your back to the pub, turn right, cross High Street but, almost opposite the Baptist Church, go through a squeeze stile onto a signed path on your left. Follow this without digression, keeping the backs of houses and gardens to your left, to the weatherboard barns by Tithe Farm. Turn left into Tithe Lane and right when the Lane reaches Station Road. Wraysbury station is ahead.
  • As there is no pavement here, bear right into the Wraysbury station approach road. Take the steps back up to the road, turn right, and then take the next steps back down into the car park on the other side of the railway line. Turn left to reach the vehicular entrance to that car park, cross the road to the bus stop sign and turn right to cross over Colne Brook via a bridge, as you do so noting a very photogenic cottage sitting beyond the Brook and trees to your left. Immediately after this bridge, take the “Colnbrook Walk” signed to your right.
  • This path, sometimes overgrown with nettles in places, initially crosses a bridge to follow Colne Brook before running parallel to the railway and eventually reaching a Public Footpath sign to the right. Take this and, having carefully crossed the railway tracks by way of two stiles, bear first left and then right following the marker post and yellow arrow.
  • Follow this path with the stream on your right and the lake to your left for three-quarters of a mile to reach a bench, erected by Groundwork to provide views downstream, from which you can see Wraysbury Road in the distance. Soon after the bench you pass an information board explaining about Wraysbury Lakes and climb the steps opposite the MOT Test Centre.
  • Turn right onto Wraysbury Road, which becomes Staines Road, but don’t cross it. When the pavement ends, cross Staines Road with care to continue along the pavement on the left hand side. When this pavement ends, cross back and continue on the right hand side. Arrive at the gates to the Silver Wing Sailing Club.
  • Shortly after these gates, cross the road and take the “Permitted Footpath” to the right of house number 104. Enter Ankerwycke parkland and follow the path.
  • Just before the River Thames is reached, go through two kissing gates and then turn right. Keep on the riverside path for some time, ignoring all side paths on your right, until shortly after crossing a second small footbridge you find you are walking parallel to a busy road on the far side of the Thames. Emerge through a kissing gate into a meadow. Continue straight ahead towards a kissing gate and field gate in the next corner of this meadow, but do NOT pass through these gates. Instead, bear right to pass through another kissing gate alongside another field gate, proceeding along a shady hedge-lined path to the ruins of the 12th-century St. Mary’s Priory.
  • Maintain direction and just beyond, on the right, is a sign marking the Ankerwycke Yew, reputedly more than 2,000 years old and designated by the Tree Council as one of fifty Great British Trees in 2002. You may spot ribbons, prayers, poems and photos which previous visitors have tucked into the tree itself. Why not stay a while, maintaining quiet and showing respect to any Pagans worshipping here?
  • When you are ready to move on, continue on the original path for about 90m, but before the path crosses a bridge follow a path left to a kissing gate. Enter the field and then cross the concrete bridge into the second field on your right, where there is another kissing gate and a National Trust marker. Look left and upwards to see the RAF memorial before bearing left onto the track that runs the length of this field, aiming for houses in the distance. You have reached the half-way point of the walk.
  • Leave by the gate. Cross Magna Carta Lane to follow the footpath sign to the right of the houses in Mede Close, through another gate. Pass through four more gates, continually aiming for the spire of St. Andrew’s in the distance. Then enter the churchyard via an iron kissing gate. Keep the church on your left hand side as you proceed to the lych gate and emerge into St. Andrew’s Close. Walk to the end of the Close, where you turn left.
  • You can pass to the right of the large Wraysbury village sign to cut the corner, but should then cross to the left hand pavement because this continues throughout the 20mph, 30mph and 40mph sections of Welley Road. When both pavements end continue (carefully) on the left because this is the only side on which you can cross the railway alongside Sunnymeads station. Studs in the road then guide pedestrians back to the right hand pavement of Welley Road.
  • At the roundabout turn right (signed “Horton”) and after some time, as you enter the village, take the first turning on the right: Park Lane. The lane subsequently bears right alongside Lakeside Cottage and then, at the end, you turn left onto a clear footpath. The route crosses a footbridge then proceeds straight ahead to follow a sometimes muddy path, with initially a stream on its left and later a lake to its right, which eventually emerges by a gate.
  • Maintain direction along the service track (the official public footpath runs parallel to the service track but is often overgrown) and, at the T junction, locate a slightly obscure stile to your left. Take this and a second stile to (carefully) cross the railway tracks. Do NOT enter the field beyond the wooden fence, which is private property, but keep right on the path until you reach a metal barrier. Squeeze between the two sections of this barrier, follow a waymark to cross a narrow metal stile, and then proceed along a residential road called Douglas Lane.
  • At the T-junction with Station Road, you can just see the Baptist Church’s spire in the distance to your right. Turn in this direction and follow the pavement to The Perseverance pub.

This route was last walked on 25 August 2017, and the directions were accurate then. Please e-mail me if you find any errors, if you would like a copy in Word format, or if you would prefer a version that starts and ends at Sunnymeads or Wraysbury stations.


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