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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Saturday Walk – to a grand country estate in west London

Extra Walk 42 – Greenford to Osterley
Length: 12 km (7.5 miles). Toughness: 1/10

Take a Central Line tube (towards West Ruislip) to arrive at Greenford by 10:40 (every 5-10 minutes; it's a 30-minute journey from central London).

There's an alternative route via train but you have to change. You'd need to take the 10:03 Heathrow Connect service from Paddington and change at West Ealing (arr 10:13, dep 10:27), arriving Greenford at 10:39.

Return is by Piccadilly Line tube from Osterley, or local buses if these are more convenient. Greenford and Osterley are both in TfL Zone 4.

Another urban walk for those allergic to mud, but this one's got lots of pleasant green spaces and you can certainly imagine yourself in the countryside when you reach Osterley Park, a grand country estate managed by the National Trust. There's no admission fee for the park or the Stables tearoom; last entry to the House is 4pm if you want to visit.

The suggested lunchtime stop is the Plough in Norwood Green, a Fuller's pub which serves food all day and got a very favourable review from some midweek walkers last year. It's three-quarters of the way through the published walk but bear in mind that there's plenty of scope to extend this short walk by exploring Osterley Park.

You'll need to print the directions from the Greenford to Osterley Walk page.

1 comment:

BrightSpark said...

There were n=16 on this walk and it was w=overcast. During the walk to Osterley Park and even in the park itself you never really felt you had left urban London, which was ironic because Osterley House was the country residence of the Child family. Nobody seemed to mind about low flying aeroplanes or traffic noise however and Osterley House was a delight to behold when we did arrive at Osterley Park. Several of us visited the National Trust house and I for one was impressed with the Robert Adam's interior designs. The absolute highlight for me however were the kitchen and servants quarters. My compassion for the scullery maid (the lowest rank even amongst the servants) was stimulated by learning how she had to scrub all the dishes and floors and in this house she had to also empty all the chamber pots.