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England / Greater London / Kingston

Kingston’s nine Slow Ways are 83% checked

Drawn: 9/9
reviewed: 9/9
verified: 8/9
and surveyed: 5/9

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Slow Way Route To do
Esher—Kingston
Eshkin one Enjoy me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 46m Descent 24m
Esher—Kingston
Eshkin two Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Esher—Kingston
Eshkin three Survey me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Kingston—Kingston Vale
Kinkin one

Review me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 54m Descent 51m
Kingston—Kingston Vale
Kinkin two Survey me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 58m Descent 53m
Kingston—Motspur Park
Kinmot one Review me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 13m Descent 21m
Kingston—Motspur Park
Kinmot two Review me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
Kingston—Tolworth
Kintol one

Double check Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 35m Descent 20m
Kingston—Tolworth
Kintol two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 35m Descent 20m
Kingston—Tolworth
Kintol three Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Kingston—Wimbledon
Kinwim one

Verify me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 68m Descent 83m
Kingston—Wimbledon
Kinwim two

Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 74m Descent 87m
Richmond-upon-Thames—Kingston
Rickin one Enjoy me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 51m Descent 51m
Richmond-upon-Thames—Kingston
Rickin two

Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 35m Descent 35m
Richmond-upon-Thames—Kingston
Rickin three

Verify me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Richmond-upon-Thames—Kingston
Rickin four Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 64m Descent 66m
Sunbury-on-Thames—Kingston
Sunkin one

Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 28m Descent 31m
Twickenham—Kingston
Twikin one Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 45m Descent 44m
Walton-on-Thames—Kingston
Walkin one Review me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 24m Descent 31m
Walton-on-Thames—Kingston
Walkin two Survey me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

71% of Kingston’s nine route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

20/20

drawn

20/20

reviewed

6/20

surveyed

11/20

verified

25 people have contributed to Kingston’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

6 people have surveyed a route in Kingston

158km out of 158km have been walked and reviewed

442km of reviews have been shared in Kingston

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Potential for awkward mud on parts of Molesey Heath which could affect wheeled users, but there's a simple pavement alternative that runs just outside the heath on the west and north sides. As my photos show you can encounter significant mud on Molesey Heath - walking boots recommended. Leaving Molesey Heath you hit a mile-plus of roads, although this route improves on Walkin one by finding more green paths to follow into Walton...

Luke Reader

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Didn’t much like the look of Kinmot One which is direct, but all along busy roads, so I sounded out this alternative -imo it’s a good combo of reasonably direct, pleasant residential areas, footpaths, and picks up an intermediate railway station at Berrylands…. A whimsical connection: Fulham FC training ground by the Beverley Brook at Motspur Park - and the main ground is by the Thames just where the Brook comes out....

Jane Taylor

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From Walton, you first go through a churchyard (photo #1) before following some residential streets and along a path with a fence on each side (allotments, and recreation ground, photo #2), followed by more residential streets. Once you leave the river, there is a stretch through the streets (photo #9) of East Molesey, with refreshments (photo #8)....

Derick Rethans

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Kingston—Motspur Park

Jane Taylor added Kinmot two, a new walk from Kingston to Motspur Park

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Nearly all the walk is pleasant off-road following the river....

Luke Reader

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Great route, but there is a fairly steep climb involved on the southern side, with the same and even steeper decline on the northern side of the trail. The crossing of the A3 into Wimbledon Common is annoying (but not strictly part of this route)....

Derick Rethans

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Eshkin three

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A surprisingly green route (photo #2, #3), which started right of the station by going across a golf course, but not one that is highly manicured. After passing the station, and the clock tower (photo #4), the route then heads for the Thames....

Derick Rethans

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We love this walk, we start from elsewhere in kingston so avoid the bus station, once your off Coombe hill it’s a lovely walk through woodlands and alongside a golf course. We normally end at the fox and grapes for lunch....

Mark Harris

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There's a café and toilets (20 pence by card) at Kingston Gate....

JohnMyerson

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Access to the south side of the station was via the roundabout subways and Green Lane to Downside (avoiding the station footbridge). A little annoying that the pavement in Lower Hampton Road swaps sides a couple of times. Pedestrian lights to cross Hampton Court Road before entering Bushy Park by gate....

JohnMyerson

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Why walk along main roads when there are green spaces?...

Jim

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We chose Eshkin Three (rather than one or two) as our destination was actually Surbiton, and this route goes straight past the station....

V96GLF

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Teddington Troubadour took this photo on Sunkin one

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I walked Kingston to Sunbury, it starts well but for those on wheels, it would soon become a bit of a nightmare around Hampton Waterworks where the footway narrows significantly; see photos....

Teddington Troubadour

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Good route overall, however diversion round the back of St Peter's church is narrow and not well lit, and can be muddy after rain....

John Yabbacome

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More interesting imo than going round by the river between Walton and Hampton Court....

Jane Taylor

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The riverside in Richmond is so lovely, and the route does a great job plotting a course through quiet and pleasant green spaces before rejoining the river on final approach to Kingston....

mtormey

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Highlights included passing through Petersham meadows, seeing a woman dressed in the most fabulous technicolour outfit walk her horses and the best gelato ever at Canbury Secret Cafe found along the route near Kingston....

Saira

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Walton-on-Thames—Kingston

Jane Taylor added Walkin two, a new walk from Walton-on-Thames to Kingston

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There’s scope I think for an alternative route following the Thames between Hampton Court and Walton, I may look into that too!...

Jane Taylor

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The first half is residential streets and a long stretch on a B road, pavements and trees make this section tolerable....

Jane Taylor

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From Kingston station there is a short walk though a shopping area to the bridge across the Thames across some busy roads then into Bushey Park. A wheel friendly route is easily done by avoiding the muddy path along the parallel French Street; and accessing the station (shops and busses) from the other side via the roundabout underpass then along the A308 Staines Road for a short distance...

Strider

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Kintol three

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Most of this section was easy going and lovely (photo #2), but just before Maldon Way, it became really muddy (photo #2)....

Derick Rethans

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Kingston—Tolworth

Derick Rethans added Kintol three, a new walk from Kingston to Tolworth

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A reasonable walk with some good parts and some not-so-good parts. Downhill along a fenced in path to a woodland, continue downhill along narrow muddy paths to the A3. Not suitable for wheels due to steps and narrow muddy paths....

Strider

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I stopped at Surbiton for lunch and then went on to Kingston where the route took me alongside the river and then through the old marketplace - pretty much all pedestrianised....

Jane Taylor

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Esher—Kingston

Jane Taylor added Eshkin three, a new walk from Esher to Kingston

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Strider surveyed Eshkin two

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Esher—Kingston

Strider added Eshkin two, a new walk from Esher to Kingston

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Strider surveyed Eshkin one

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The Path through the common is very churned up by vehicles at the moment, deep ruts, as the path is in the process of being re-surfaced (Early December 2022) Difficult to walk along but hopefully temporary. There is then a long pavement section alongside a busy road, past Esher Rail Station, The pavement was busy too as it was a race day at Sandown....

Strider

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After crossing Hampton court Bridge, instead of turning right along the Thames Path carry on ahead, use the pedestrian crossings to navigate the busy road junction the along a pleasant road to Bushy Park entrance. Having done both routes today, a circular walk from Kingston using the Thames Path and Bushey park would be lovely....

Strider

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The first half is alongside the Thames with lovely views, popular with racing sculls, walkers and cyclists, and today, runners doing the Kingston 10K. There are two unnecessary, but very welcome, wiggles in the route which take you away from the road and back to the Thames for all too brief moments; Radnor Gardens and by Diamonds Jubilee Gardens....

Strider

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Really enjoyed this very accesdible walk along the Thames Path and Capital Ring path. It was difficult to find footpath in places as it went across grassland. Lovely views, historical places and for majority car free...

Lizbiz70

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A3 crossing at Kingston Vale via traffic lights. Easy access to Wimbledon Common....

JohnMyerson

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The last 30% of this route is quiet residential but the rest is a lovely jaunt through Richmond Park. The route follows a quiet footpath away from the cycle superhighway. There’s a slight climb at one point but nothing too taxing....

LondonIn360

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Once away from the centre of Wimbledon, it became a beautiful, green route until it reached the crossing over the Kingston bypass and the long slog of a walk into Kingston along a busy road. Secondly, the route through the woods is likely to get muddy in wet weather and there is no lighting, making this route unsuitable after dark without a torch of some kind....

Intrepid Rabbit

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Intrepid Rabbit took this photo on Kinwim two

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Kingston

Jane surveyed Kingston

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Kingston

Jane surveyed Kingston

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Potential for awkward mud on parts of Molesey Heath which could affect wheeled users, but there's a simple pavement alternative that runs just outside the heath on the west and north sides. But keep heading north and east and you'll inevitably get to the desired footbridge exit closest to Hampton. Hampton Bridge area has refreshment stop options there are free loos and shelter at Hampton Court railway station (no ticket needed)....

Luke Reader

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I'd add that on most of the 3-mile section along the river you have a choice of a high tarmac path and a lower gravel/mud path next to the river. The lower path has almost no-one cycling on it, but can get muddy....

Luke Reader

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Luke Reader took this photo on Eshkin one

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Route is in two parts: busy road walking away from Kingston; and quiet residential roads, woodland and common on the approach to Wimbledon....

Jane Taylor

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I have remade the route as Kinwim Two, with the dangerous road crossing removed and some other tweaks, and highly recommend using that instead....

Jane Taylor

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Kingston—Wimbledon

Jane Taylor added Kinwim two, a new walk from Kingston to Wimbledon

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A easy flat walk with a poor section along drainage ditch next to Sunbury Court. Some gravel paths in Busy Park and the access gates are heavy to open. One busy zebra crossing close to Kingston Bridge....

James Emmans

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I often walk this section of the river between Richmond and Kingston and this maps it fine. Trains back to Richmond from Kingston run every half an hour....

Michael Stone

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Between Ham House and Kingston there really isn't much until you get to Kingston although you will pass a YMCA which has a cafe a bit south of the Teddington Locks....

Byrney

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Between Ham House and Kingston there really isn't much until you get to Kingston although you will pass a YMCA which has a cafe a bit south of the Teddington Locks....

Byrney

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This route and Rickin Three (more or less the same route) between Richmond and Kingston is rather long-winded, and unless you really want to walk the whole way along the river I would recommend Rickin Four which cuts the river loop off....

Jane Taylor

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Between this route and Rickin One I prefer Rickin One (the other one) because it crosses Richmond Green and has less traffic....

Jane Taylor

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With no bridge across the Thames at Twickenham, and no riverside path, there is little option than to walk along the A310 as far as Teddington Lock, with only small diversions....

Jane Taylor

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This is a route that works ok, it will get you from Kingston Vale to Kingston without much mishap, but I would prefer if it was on footpath rather than the road in Richmond Park....

Jane Taylor

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Kingston—Kingston Vale

Jane Taylor added Kinkin two, a new walk from Kingston to Kingston Vale

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This is a route I made in response to Kinkin One, as an option that follows footpaths rather than the road through Richmond Park. At Kingston Vale the route does a dog-leg to the final meeting point....

Jane Taylor

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** This is a very good route but with a couple of, to my mind, serious glitches: so good is it I have reworked it, hopefully glitch free, as Rickin four and would recommend using that....

Jane Taylor

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Richmond-upon-Thames—Kingston

Jane Taylor added Rickin four, a new walk from Richmond-upon-Thames to Kingston

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At Richmond and Kingston the route runs by the river, at Ham it cuts across the wide loop of the river with a mix of quiet residential streets and green common land, making a reasonably direct and interesting route with very little main road....

Jane Taylor

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In the park the route follows the road to Kingston Vale....

Luke Reader

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Fully agree with previous reviewer that the section along Old Malden Lane should be avoided - no pavements at all there (see my 9th photo of 15) Better to use London Loop diversion to Grafton Road and back....

Luke Reader

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Once you get onto Barge Walk (the riverside path from Hampton Court to Kingston Bridge) there are no facilities at all until you reach Kingston itself (except benches), but that does mean parts of this path are often pleasantly quiet. If needed or desired, you can shorten this walk by taking the route to Hampton Court and then walking through Bushy Park to Kingston instead of taking the riverside path....

Rach

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A peaceful walk through a busy area...

Frank

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This is a wholly urban route (any greener alternative would require a significant detour). It is on pavement beside busy roads. This is a very efficient and direct, if not pretty, way to walk from Motspur park to Kingston....

Rach

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Past the church, turn right on Church Road and in 50m, left on a narrow path marked with a London Loop sign....

Malcolm Jones

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Not long after starting the walk from Kingston, there is a narrow passage way ahead in-between shops which is easy to miss but it is easy to navigate around this....

SueB

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At the Maldon Way, it does not show it very well on the map but you have to leave the river and green temporarily to cross the road using a subway about 100m up the road...

Dannyash

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Kingston end was a pleasant walk by the river Thames and middle through Ham was a mixture of quiet streets and footpaths through grass/wooded areas. Finally back to the river after crossing Petersham Fields. Warning if the tide is in then the tow path may be flooded so you will need to head into Richmond by the road at Buccleugh Gardens....

Philipj8

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The Twickenham end is mainly on pavements following the road as the houses have river front views....

Philipj8

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Richmond-upon-Thames—Kingston

peanutharvester added Rickin three, a new walk from Richmond-upon-Thames to Kingston

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Kingston

danravenellison surveyed Kingston

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This is a beautiful route which partly follows the riverside and takes paths through Petersham and Ham, making it shorter and more varied than using the Thames Path all the way. You can easily continue along the main road as far as you need to, dropping back down to the riverside at one of several points, such as Richmond Bridge, Riverdale Gardens (///suffer.views.spaces) or at Buccleugh Gardens (///natively.having.mats), depending on how high the water is....

Rach

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Esher—Kingston

Slow Ways added Eshkin one, a new walk from Esher to Kingston

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Kingston—Kingston Vale

Slow Ways added Kinkin one, a new walk from Kingston to Kingston Vale

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Kingston—Motspur Park

Slow Ways added Kinmot one, a new walk from Kingston to Motspur Park

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Kingston—Tolworth

Slow Ways added Kintol one, a new walk from Kingston to Tolworth

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Kingston—Tolworth

Slow Ways added Kintol two, a new walk from Kingston to Tolworth

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Kingston—Wimbledon

Slow Ways added Kinwim one, a new walk from Kingston to Wimbledon

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Richmond-upon-Thames—Kingston

Slow Ways added Rickin one, a new walk from Richmond-upon-Thames to Kingston

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Richmond-upon-Thames—Kingston

Slow Ways added Rickin two, a new walk from Richmond-upon-Thames to Kingston

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Sunbury-on-Thames—Kingston

Slow Ways added Sunkin one, a new walk from Sunbury-on-Thames to Kingston

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Twickenham—Kingston

Slow Ways added Twikin one, a new walk from Twickenham to Kingston

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Walton-on-Thames—Kingston

Slow Ways added Walkin one, a new walk from Walton-on-Thames to Kingston

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Kingston, Sat 24 February

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Kingston’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ1824269533

Lat / Lon

51.41250° / -0.30115°

Easting / Northing

518,242E / 169,533N

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Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Kingston's meeting point

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