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Shepperton and Desborough Island

MODERATE 3 reviews

Shepperton and Desborough Island is a 6.9 kilometer loop trail located near Shepperton, Surrey, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

Distance: 6.9 km Elevation Gain: 116 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly



bird watching



partially paved



A circular walk from Shepperton in Surrey. The walking route is a perfect outing for all the family with something for everyone. There's a ferry ride, peaceful river side paths, sandy beaches, beautiful woodland and the hustle and bustle of the streets in this corner of Surrey. The walk includes a short trip on a pedestrian ferry. This runs every 15 minutes (on the quarter hour) from 8am weekdays, from 9am on Saturdays and from 10am on Sundays with the last ferry at 5.30pm each day. The cost is £2 for adults, £1 for children and dogs travel free. The walk follows a mixture of tarmac pavements and stone/dirt woodland and riverside paths. The latter, whilst generally well made, can get a little muddy in winter and after long periods of rain. The route is almost entirely flat and there are no stiles or gates, just a number of flights of steps. Allow 2 hours, plus extra time to wait for the ferry.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Parked for free at Church Square. Got the ferry across - literally 30 seconds in the boat! It had just rained, so some of the paths had puddles but these could be walked around. The majority is a nice walk, although the sections on the road are a bit tedious.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Walked in August 2016. The ferry gates are still correct at 29.8.16. The ferry is operated by the adjacent chandlers store Nauticalua, and on our visit it crossed to pick us up right away, no waiting. Further on the path around Desborough Island is good until you reach the point opposite the start of the walk, then runs through the main field until you reach the north east point, at which the woodland path is easy to follow again from Meadow Point. There is an interesting white post there - see my pic and your Laleham walk for explanation. Further on Walton Bridge is complete and two routes may be followed to cross it- we preferred to pass under the bridge and as we did so, to pick up a curving cycle/pedestrian track right that takes you right up onto the bridge. Equally good is just to bear right and follow the near side footway, which avoids the road crossing after the bridge. Last, everyone you'll meet on this walk has a dog!

2 months ago

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