Here we are at the start of the River walk in New Haw Lock, Surrey. There is a free car park beside the river but there are only limited spaces, if you are really keen to start here maybe best to turn up early as it seems like a very popular route for walkers, dog walkers, and cyclists.
This is the lockmaster’s cottage in New Haw Lock. Facing New Haw Lock Cottage, we are keeping left on the riverwalk.
This is the first junction of River Wey from our walk from New Haw Lock. If you choose to go straight on, you are heading towards Guildford area. Crossing over the on the footbridge, you will be taking the Basingstoke arm. For us, we just decided to go straight on.
Along the walk, there are lots of lovely backyards on the far side of the banks. We’ve even spotted some residents enjoying the afternoon sun in their sun loungers. What a lovely day it is.
Spotted several wildflowers along the walk. These ones are called foxgloves and immediately that name conjures up an image of a fox wearing some hotpink gloves! That’s more of a foxy bingo advert I guess:)
Alot of these leaves look like just an innocent vegetation natural to riverbanks in UK, but oh boy those stinging nettles could really be avoided. Good thing we were on our jeans/trousers.
This is the second tree house we’ve seen. Wonderful!
Alot of watersports enthusiasts are now enjoying the eased lockdown rules in UK.
Beautiful bright yellow flowers like this abound in the riverwalk. Don’t know the name of this flower though.
Small boats are happily moored along River Wey.
Byfleet Boat Club certainly know how to make colours pop-out, from their building paintwork to their choice of flowers, they deserve an A for that!
One of them 2-toned flowers up-close. All you naturalists, what is the name of this flower, please comment.
Upon reaching Parvis Wharf bridge, we decided to turn back as it occurred to us that we have already done this leg of the walk last year- undocumented of course. From New Haw Lock to Parvis Wharf, its about 40-60 mins depending on your speed of walking.
Upon reaching New Haw Lock, we decided to have lunch in the car as the walk is short of picnic areas.
We love the almost 3D like colour on these wild ducks’ head. That colour would make for fashionable eyelashes lol.
After having our lunch in New Haw Lock carpark, we decided to cross the road and take the right side arm of the river walk. Our plan is to walk until we reach the opposite bank of Hampton Court. Sounds ambitious, we’ve gotten close to it but decided later to turn back as it was getting late, having started late.
These industrial looking buildings are actually residential flats by Coxes lock. These flats are facing a lovely pond with abundant wild fowl.
River Wey flows through the pond giving it a very unique and dynamic look.
The wild fowl seem to be loving the idea too as you can see them happily swimming along.
A river flowing right beside your flat/house gives it somewhat of a Thomas Kinkade painting feel to it.
This tower block looks very odd for the landscape. It has an industrial age vibe to it.
Father and child happily paddleboarding along River Wey.
We’ve now reached a major river junction and at the same time a road junction. If you follow the main road, you are going off the trail which of course what happened to us. After walking for about 15 mins in the area, we realised we have to retraced our steps to the junction and take the footpath to the left in front of the riverside flats.
Upon reaching the junction yet again, we overheard a group of walkers heading to where we just came from and arguing amongst themselves which way to take.
Smile, we’re not the only ones then lol.
After the junction, you will now be walking in what seems to be an interactive version of Knight Frank or Hampton’s real estate brochure or website. The properties here definitely don’t fail to impress.
This view is very tempting to put on a canvas print. If you want some, do message us.
Tried to practice some long exposure photography on the cascade, best I can manage.
This is the view from the footbridge over Thames Lock.
Having walked through Church Walk, we have now emerged to a bigger expanse of water, the River Thames.
Modern flats facing River Thames.
Some boating enthusiasts enjoying the great outdoors. We’ve also met alot of joggers, cyclists, walkers, and families enjoying their afternoon stroll.
We’ve walked a little further along the Thames Path but have decided to cut the walk short, having not quite reached Hampton Court as it was already getting late and we really don’t plan to walk in the dark.
The Crown Pub currently closed due to COVID-19 related government restrictions. You could just imagine pubgoers enjoying a nice cold lager while enjoying the sun and the relaxing view of River Thames.
This could also make a good stopover for lunch or supper once it’s open if you are doing longer walks.
A beautiful iron railing footbridge, probably Victorian.
A beautiful 3-arches bridge, now called the Aldridge Road or something like that, this was actually the Old Wey Bridge.
A juxtaposition of man-made and nature, but harmonious.
Now we’re back at Coxes Lock, another practice with long exposure photography.
And now back to where we have started the walk, New Haw Lock. It was still light when we arrived which we were pleased about.