If you live in Ashford, Middlesex you’ll know that the residential town located across the boroughs of Spelthorne in Surrey and Hounslow in London is a hub for commuters travelling to and from Charing Cross or Heathrow. But after a hard week working in one of the surrounding businesses of the country’s capital, it’s always nice to kick back and take the dog for a walk somewhere you can unwind. Ashford itself has just over 2.5 square kilometers of green space, whilst the surrounding villages have loads more for you to choose from.
From sleepy villages, to picturesque lakes, there are loads of places to stretch your legs in and around Ashford in Surrey. So why not get your hiking boots on, grab that lead and read on to get some inspiration.
Situated in the western edge of Hounslow, near Heathrow Airport, the Bedfont Lakes Country Park is bordered on two sides by the Borough of Spelthorne. The perfect habitat for wildlife such as birds and bats, alongside many other varieties of plants and flowers, the north side of the Country Park is a hive of activity. In special Dog Exercise Areas dotted across the park, you can let your dog off the lead here for a little bit of well-deserved freedom.
A walk around the historic Laleham Village is always interesting for those who like to go exploring with their furry friends. With the River Thames to the west of the village, there are three routes you can take: one towards Ashford itself, one towards Shepperton and one towards Staines. The walk towards Ashford takes at least 30 minutes starting at Church Farm a 17th Century brick farmhouse, past the village hall, Manor Farm and Laleham School, before reaching The Turk’s Head where you can stop for a drink and a rest.
Situated between Ashford town and Staines, Shortwood Common contains one of the most important ponds in the UK which has been classified a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). However, the common is still grazed by cattle; so the walk may not be suitable for dogs that are easily spooked, but if avoided they pose no real threat to humans or animals.
Ashford to Shepperton Village
Perfect for those who live in Ashford itself, this walk begins right at the town centre, so you don’t need to travel to get to your walk. Starting as St Hildas Church, you simply walk down to the main ‘A’ road, cross over towards the embankment of the Queen Mary Reservoir and stroll down to Charlton Village, across the bridge, to the Littleton Recreation Ground where you can stop for a picnic before reaching your final destination of Shepperton Green.
Here at Aspen we know that moving to new area can be difficult for dog owners as it takes time to get to know new areas and to find the best places to take your furry friends. We hope that this has helped but if you need more information please get in touch with on: 01784 252202.