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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Saturday Walk – A varied walk in west London (Ealing to Kew)

Extra Walk 104 (short variation) – Ealing Broadway to Kew Bridge
Length: About 14 km (8.7 miles), or 18.8 km (11.7 miles) if you return to Ealing. Toughness: 1/10

Meet in the booking hall of Ealing Broadway station to start at 11:10. There's a 10:57 Didcot train from Paddington arriving at 11:05, or you can travel by Central or District Line tube (just under half an hour from central London). Use Oyster/contactless or buy a Travelcard covering Zones 3-4.

If you finish at Kew you can return from Kew Gardens station (District Line & Overground), or take a train from Kew Bridge station to Clapham Jct & Waterloo (every 15 minutes at xx:11, xx:26, etc). There are frequent trains and tubes back from Ealing Broadway if you complete the full walk.

I'm surprised this walk doesn't get more club outings – its last Saturday posting was in 2010 – as it has plenty of variety in its journey through the green spaces of west London. It takes in the Grand Union Canal, Boston Manor and Syon House as well as a long undeveloped stretch of the Thames alongside Old Deer Park and Kew Gardens, with views of Syon's landscaped grounds across the river.

If you want a pub lunch you'll be passing the riverside London Apprentice in Old Isleworth at around 12:45. Kew Green seems a nice spot to end the walk but you could of course complete the full circuit with an extra hour or so across Gunnersbury Park and more open spaces to Ealing. Conversely you could curtail the walk by diverting into Richmond after crossing the river, and as with any London walk there are plenty of drop-out points along the way.

You'll need to print the directions from the Ealing Broadway Circular Walk page; you might also find a London street map helpful.


Anonymous said...

Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens till 11th March,
well worth a visit.

Anonymous said...

Take the first train after 10:30am from Paddington to Ealing Broadway.

Is this still appropriate Sean? Thanks

Sean said...

"First train after 10:30" is the walk author's recommendation for the full walk. As I'm suggesting a shorter walk ending at Kew I've chosen to start slightly later. And I'd still expect to get to the lunch pub in Old Isleworth between 12:45 & 1pm, which seems about right.

PeteG said...

The Express Tavern next to Kew Bridge Station is excellent. Choice of beer, tea of course & non intrusive music on vinyl.

Anonymous said...

18 walkers.
Sunshine all day.

Anonymous said...

n=18 walkers.

Anonymous said...

Great walk through some interesting green spaces.
Many thanks to Sean for a lovely day.