If you're younger than 45, you won't remember a summer quite like the one we're currently having, which still might well surpass the summer of '76 for unforgettable, sun-filled days. If it's inspired you to get out and about more, here are some of our favourite cycling routes in and around Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Just don't forget your helmet, water, sun cream and more water!
1. Bushy Park figure-of-eight route
Bushy Park is the second largest of London's parks, and features stunning waterways, tree plantations and wildlife. Take in the beauty with this figure-of-eight route that takes in most of the park's circumference. And if you want to add approximately 4 miles to your route, you can cycle there from Walton-on-Thames, past the Molesey Reservoir nature reserve.
Distance: 5.7 miles
Time: Approximately 45 minutes
Start of route: Sandy Lane junction with Chestnut Avenue
2. Shepperton - Chertsey
Enjoy the waterways around North Surrey with this circular route, which takes you past exotically named locations like Pharaoh's Island and Ferry Square. Why not stop off halfway round the route for a bite to eat in Weybridge?
Distance: 10 miles
Time: Approximately 1.5 hours
Start of route: Squires Garden Centre, TW17 8SG
3. Box Hill Olympic Circuit
You'll need to jump into the car for this route, as it's a short drive away from Walton-on-Thames, but it's definitely worth it. This circular route takes you around Headley Warren Nature Reserve, in the Box Hill area of Surrey. It has one reasonable challenging climb of 1.5 miles, so we wouldn't recommend this route for small children.
Distance: 12 miles
Time: Approximately 2 hours
Start of route: Wherever you like, but there is parking at the National Trust Headley Heath car park, approx. postcode KT18 6NN.
4. Putney Bridge to Weybridge
If you decide to do this route in its entirety, we'd advise you to get a train to Putney Bridge (~40 minutes, one change) and saunter back in your own time, taking in the beauty of Richmond Park and the history of Hampton Court, before stopping off at one of the many watering holes in Kingston-upon-Thames. This route takes in quiet streets and designated cycle paths, so is great for all the family - but is long.
Alternatively, to avoid the trains, follow the route in reverse and simply turn round when you feel you're halfway done!
Distance: 18 miles
Time: Approximately 2-3 hours
Start of route: South side of Putney Bridge
5. Plan your own route!
Walton-on-Thames lies on both the National Cycle Network (route 4) and the Olympic Road Route. Check out the Surrey Cycleway map to check out all the possibilities in the local area and further afield. It also has some excellent safety tips and advice.
Distance: Up to you
Time: Up to you
Start of route: Wherever you like!
Surrey really is the most beautiful county, with acres of rolling countryside to explore, and history to soak up. If you'd like to spend more time there, why not check out our new homes in Walton-on-Thames and beyond?