Weekend Waterside Walk
Get the whole family outdoors for this picturesque Surrey walk. It’s not too far and there’s a great pub half way!
This walk from the pretty Surrey village of Ripley is a ‘there and back’ route, with opportunity for food and drink. The kids will love the children’s playground and weir you pass along the way. You will love the waterside pub at the end!
This is roughly a 3 mile round trip. Although the route is flat, it is uneven in a couple of short stretches, but a buggy is possible if you bear this in mind.
One of the best features of this walk is that there are great food and drink options both at the start of the walk and at the end. Before you start in Ripley you may want to grab a coffee and sandwich. You can’t beat the quirky Pinnocks Coffee House, which has delicious food, and lunch boxes for kids.
Walk Start Point and Route
The walk begins on Ripley Green, nearest postcode GU23 6AR.
From the Green, head over to the children’s playground. After the inevitable play for 10 minutes, continue past the playground along the narrow path to the far side of the Green from Ripley High Street.
Continue forward onto the track ahead, passing a house on the left with some barns which are used as offices. Keep going along the track for about 200m as you pass another few houses on the left. You really can’t go wrong here, there is no where else to go!
The track bends round at 90 degrees to the left. Keep going along this partly brick cobbled, partly dirt track. You will pass large wooden gates on the left to a stable yard.
Keep going and pass over a small brick bridge, over a wide stream. At the end of the track, take the signposted footpath passing between two meadows.
At the end of this short footpath you will come to the steel bridge over Walsham Weir. It is slightly hypnotising so keep a firm grip on small hands!
Turn right beside the lock, where there is a great view of the colourful canal barges, and continue past the bridge and noticeboard. Then just continue along the right-hand bank of the canal.
You will pass a number of large houses until you come to a metal bridge over the canal which is a great spot for pooh sticks. But don’t cross the canal! Stay on the right-hand side. Not long after the bridge you will reach Pyrford Lock, with lots more barges, and the Anchor pub.
The Anchor is a large pub, with a lot of seating indoor and out on the water side, but it does get very busy so you will need to book a table. It has a small playground area for kids on the canal side, plus you can buy bags of duck feed at the bar for the ducks and swans.
And then to head back to Ripley, just retrace your steps. Hope you enjoy it!
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Getting to Ripley
Ripley is a 20 or 30 minute journey in the car from Wimbledon. Straight down the A3, come off at the junction signposted for Ockham / Ripley / RHS Garden Wisley, and take the second exit at the roundabout signposted Ripley B2215.