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Field Days - Accessing the Weybridge Vandals RFC site


General Info

For many years, we have set up our station at the northern edge of the Weybridge Vandals RFC grounds on Desborough Island, which is situated in the Thames at Walton-on-Thames.

The official address is:

Brownacres
The Towing Path
Walton-on-Thames
Surrey KT12 1QP
 
NGR: TQ 084 667
Maidenhead Locator: IO91sj

 

Getting onto site

Walton Bridge is the first landmark. It's on the A244. The new Walton Crossing has been constructed. If approaching from the north (Sunbury) side, cross the bridge and immediately turn right (1) using the filter lane. If approaching from Walton town centre, turn left immediately before the bridge (1). This area is known as Cowey Sale and is popular with visitors.

After about 0.4 mile (620 metres) through the 20 m.p.h. zone, turn right (2) onto a one-way bridge over the Thames. The road turns a sharp left after crossing the bridge, but you want to pass the height barrier (sometimes left open) that is straight ahead of you at the bend (3).

Continue carefully along the track, past another barrier, until the roadway turns left (4) past a cottage. Pass another barrier and enter the large car park (5), which is where you will park if attending the club-house.

For the Contest site, you can either park up here and walk, via (7), across to the station site (8), or you can drive over to it via a slope (6) which has been cut through the banking (there's a gap in the railings). If you chose this option, please turn sharply right at the bottom of the slope and follow the tree-line around the edge of the field via (7) to (8). If access to the slope has been blocked by an inconsiderate car owner, you can also get vehicles on to the field between the club-house and the wooden cricket club hut, then turn sharp right towards (7). Please be careful of people milling around, especially any youngsters, who won't normally be expecting to see vehicles on the field near the cricket hut.

When approaching the station, please keep a sharp lookout for mast guy wires, wires tied off into trees, trailing radials/counterpoises, generator power leads etc.

 

Courtesy notes:

NFD in June: If cricketers are out on the field playing, please stop your car well before the sight-screens, and wait until they finish an over and the bowlers and umpires start to swap around before proceeding from (7) to (8).

SSB Field Day in September:  If rugby players are using the pitch at the bottom of the slope, you must leave your car in the car park and walk around the field to the station, via (7) and the tree-line, to (8). Tip: Avoid getting caught in a scrum!!

 

Leaving site

After returning to the entrance (3), you must turn right and follow the road for 1/2 mile or so, to exit the island via a second bridge. To return to Walton bridge, you'd then turn left. Alternatively, turning right will take you into Weybridge town centre. There are a couple of good pubs along that stretch of road, the Minnow on the left seemingly being most popular, along with the Old Crown (recommended - it has a selection of Real Ales) a little further along on the right!

 

Access Restrictions

Late night through to early morning, you may find one of the barriers closed and locked. If that is the case, please park up responsibly so that the Vandals staff can get by when they arrive, and proceed carefully on foot via (5), (6), (7) and (8). However, it is worth checking the lock on the barrier first, as occasionally when we are on site overnight, we request that it is just hooked through its loop without being fully secured. If that is the case, feel free to pass through, but please replace things behind you just as you found them.

 


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