Exploring Walton-on-Thames: 5 Activities to Embrace When the Sun Shines

Nestled along the serene banks of the River Thames, Walton-on-Thames is a picturesque destination that comes alive under the warm embrace of the sun. When the sun is shining its golden rays on our quaint streets and reflecting off the River Thames, there’s no shortage of delightful activities to indulge in. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor seeking a day of leisure, here are five sun-drenched activities to embrace in Walton-on-Thames.

1. Riverside Stroll starting at Cowey Sale

Embrace the radiant sunshine with a leisurely stroll along the towpath starting at the scenic Cowey Sale. This idyllic riverside promenade, adjacent to Walton Bridge, offers lovely views of the River Thames lined with lush greenery and dotted with charming benches perfect for soaking up the sun. Take a leisurely walk, jog, or simply sit and enjoy the surroundings. This is the perfect place to bring a picnic basket filled with delicious treats to enjoy by the water’s edge.

Parking is FREE, Walton town centre is just a 5 minute walk, so you can always finish your visit with some shopping or grabbing something to eat or drink.

There is some background and history about Cowey Sale on the Walton on Thames Town Alliance website.

2. Cycling Excursion along Thames Path

Hop on a bike and embark on a scenic cycling excursion along the Thames Path, a picturesque trail that winds its way along the banks of the River Thames. Pedal at your own pace, stopping along the way to admire the scenic vistas, historic landmarks, and abundant wildlife that call this area home. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a casual rider, this sun-soaked adventure promises unforgettable sights and invigorating exercise.

3. Messing about on the River Thames

For the more adventurous souls seeking an exhilarating experience, Walton on Thames is the perfect spot to embark on a kayaking, canoeing or paddleboard adventure on the River Thames. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced kayaker, this outdoor activity promises unforgettable moments and stunning vistas. The other opportunity is to hire a day boat from The Boathouse at Walton Marina – https://waltonboathire.com/pages/boat-hire – seating up to 6 people these self-drive boats, you can hire for 1, 2, 4 or 9 hours to explore the river and even tackle a couple of local locks!

4. Pub life around Walton-on-Thames

We are lucky to have several waterside pubs overlooking the Thames, which are the perfect spot to meet friends or family. Tables outside are taken on a first come basis but drinking or dining can be booked for indoor seating at all venues – The Anglers, The Swan, The Weir.  Then don’t forget our town centre pubs The Bear & Barbers and The George have gardens to enjoy eating or drinking outside.  Closer to the town centre The Regent & The Walton Village have streetside seating and the ability to pull their doors wide open to bring the outside in!

All pubs boast the best of British ingredients, seasonal specials and gorgeous pub classics including Buttermilk chicken, burgers and pizzas. Pretty much all Walton pubs are dog friendly, which is always a bonus for your furry friends.

5. Outdoor open spaces around Walton-on-Thames

Gather your loved ones, even pack a picnic basket for a delightful afternoon at the various Walton Open Spaces or Recreation Grounds – Ashley Park, Elmgrove Rec., Thamesmead Open Space, Riverside Gardens or George Froude Park.

Spread out a blanket on the lush green grass beside the river and enjoy a leisurely feast under the sun or for the active ones enjoy the tennis courts or the football pitches or a simple game of frisbee or cricket or rounders!  Families will love the new Thamesmead play area, or the well-established favourites at Sullivan’s Reach or Elmgrove.

All the recreation areas are just a short walk from the town centre or riverside areas, where you will find cafes for recycled home-cooked soups and light lunch snacks, ice-cream, slushies, frappes and the like! 

From riverside strolls to thrilling water adventures, Walton-on-Thames offers a myriad of sun-drenched activities to suit every preference. Soak up the sunshine, embrace the beauty of nature, the feeling of outdoor space and create cherished memories in this charming riverside town.

And remember, if you are organising an event or activity in Walton, you can advertise it on our website free of charge on the “What’s On” page. Login or create an account here: https://lovewalton.co.uk/whats-on/submit-an-event/.