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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Sunday Walk 2 – Waterways and green spaces in west London

Extra Walk 104 – Ealing Broadway Circular
Length: About 18.8 km (11.7 miles), with shorter options. Toughness: 2/10

Start from Ealing Broadway station at 10:55. Either take the 10:43 Oxford train from Paddington, arriving at 10:53; or travel by Central or District line tube (just under half an hour from central London). Use your Oyster card or buy a Travelcard covering Zones 3-4.

There are frequent trains and tubes back from Ealing Broadway and other places along the walk route.

Today's alternative choice gives you the chance to do a fairly long walk on a short winter's day, with several drop-out points along the way. The walk takes in plenty of green spaces in west London, going out via the Grand Union Canal, Boston Manor and Syon House to reach the Thames at Old Isleworth. If you want a pub lunch you'll be passing the London Apprentice here between 12:30 & 12:45. For the return route, you cross the river at Richmond Lock and take the riverside path back past Old Deer Park and Kew Gardens to Kew Bridge, then across Gunnersbury Park and more open spaces to Ealing. There's about 11 km after lunch but you could curtail the walk by diverting into Richmond after crossing the river, or finishing at Kew Bridge station.

You'll need to print the directions from the Extra Walk 104 page. There's an unavoidable amount of road walking to link the various open spaces and you'll find a pocket-sized London A-Z helpful.

1 comment:

PeteB said...

n=10 on this walk with the weather w=fine-and-sunny. At the start I did my usual "gpx led" trick of doing a circular walk in reverse but with a bit of improvisation we quickly got back on track to wend our way through the area's parks and canal towpaths. We all decided to have lunch at Syon Park Garden Centre which did nourishing cheap meals. After lunch the group fragmented and 5 of us got to Richmond where 1 headed for the station there whilst the rest of us ambled along the Thames path which in one or two places was very close to being flooded.
As we had seen enough of the delights of West London we all dropped out at Kew , one heading home and 4 of us having a coffee near the station before catching a train to Waterloo