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The Park circular walk at Ankerwycke, Runnymede


Very leisurely stroll through the park at Ankerwycke on gentle terrain. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Visitor admiring the ruins of St Mary's Priory at Ankerwycke, Surrey
These crumbling ruins are all that remain of the 12th century priory National Trust Images/John Millar


Ankerwycke trail map
The Park circular walk at Ankerwycke, Runnymede © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Ankerwycke, Magna Carta Lane, Wraysbury, Staines. TW19 5AG


From the car park, make your way through the kissing gate (to your right as you enter the car park), into the meadow. This is known as The Orchard. Please be aware these meadows are grazed for most of the year. The cattle are in general curious of you, but not aggressive. Please observe any signs when entering a grazed area. Once through the gate, turn left and walk along the field boundary. Continue through the farmer’s gate, past the small cedar tree.


Walking over the boardwalk and through the kissing gate, you are now in Little Day Meadow, and will be facing a large London Plane tree. Turn left here, and walk towards another kissing gate.


Go through the kissing gate, across the track to the next kissing gate in front of you. You are now in The Park, newly opened to the public in 2011, our newest open route at Ankerwycke. Walk straight ahead, following the naturally made trail in the grass.


The trail here veers round to your right. Continue along this route.


Within the line of trees at the other side of the field, you’ll see a kissing gate. Go through the gate, and at the path turn right. You are now walking alongside the River Thames.


Following the circular walk trail marker posts, the path bears right. Continue through the kissing gate, into Ankerwycke Mead, also known as Black Walnut Mead. Walk through the meadow with the black walnut tree on your left. You’ll see a kissing gate in front of you.


Go through the gate, and walk along the track through the woods, with the old Fish Ponds on your left.


You will come out into a small meadow surrounded by trees, with St Marys Priory on your left and the 2,000 year-old Ankerwycke Yew on your right. Make sure to stop and have a look underneath the canopy of this venerable old giant. Continue on the path, over a small bridge and into the avenue of Grey Poplars, until you’re faced with a large gate. Turn left here, through the kissing gate. You are now back on your original route (points 3 to 1), where you follow the route back to the car park, the way you came.


Ankerwycke, Magna Carta Lane, Wraysbury, Staines. TW19 5AG

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The Park circular walk at Ankerwycke, Runnymede


Across meadows, so terrain depends on time of year. Boardwalks are provided at muddier spots. Kissing gates are provided at all boundaries, no stiles. Terrain is geerally flat.
The Park circular walk at Ankerwycke, Runnymede

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How to get here

Ankerwycke, Magna Carta Lane, Wraysbury, Staines. TW19 5AG
By train

Wraysbury railway station is 0.8 miles (1.2km) away

By road
From the M25, exit at junction 13 onto A30 toward London (W)/Hounslow/Staines. If travelling from south, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit toward Wraysbury/B376. At the next roundabout , take the third exit onto Wraysbury Road, follow the road round to the left, and after about 1 mile (1.6km) Magna Carta Lane will be on your left-hand-side. Please note this is a small and rather inconspicuous access
By foot
Wraysbury Road (approaching Magna Carta Lane) does not have footpaths, so take car. Use local roads from Wraysbury rail station
By bus
65 to Heathrow or 301 to Staines, alight opposite Magna Carta Lane. SeeTraveline for more details
By bicycle
Nearest National Cycle Network Route is Route 4, then cycling on local roads
The Park circular walk at Ankerwycke, Runnymede

Facilities and access

  • Parking