Welcome to the first of my 'Weekend Walks'!
This is where I will be telling you about some of my training walks, giving you the route and where I found it, how far it is and how long it takes, terrain and any interesting points along the way.
The first walk was found on the Walking In Surrey website - www.walkinginsurrey.co.uk. It's a circular walk around Chertsey Meads, Shepperton & Weybridge and according to the website is 4.5 miles (or 7.24km) long, however we decided to walk to the start of the walk from home so actually ended up going quite a bit further.
Stats as follows:
Start Time: 10.15am
Length: 11.82miles or 19.03km
Time: 2hrs 55mins
Average Speed: 5.77km/h
We left the house around 10am and stepped out into the sunshine. The walk took us along the Thames towpath from Chertsey Bridge up to Shepperton Lock. Here we crossed the river via the Shepperton Ferry and skirted the edge of Weybridge and through the Meads back towards the river. Our full route can be found here: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=207061461408773875654.0004bbffa3f36345e74bf&msa=0&ll=51.381906,-0.476875&spn=0.021856,0.055189
The walk was lovely and flat, along well worn paths and several nice pubs to stop at along the way - The Kingfisher, Thames Court and The Minnow. Unfortunately we didn't stop to sample any of their delights but I can confirm that they all provide a lovely selection of food and drink and great gardens to enjoy it all in.
All in all this was a great start to my training; a good distance in nice weather on easy terrain with several interesting points along the way.