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|Iver and the Slough Arm|
|Author: NickC, Published: 22 Apr 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Iver is a small village dating back to the Domesday Book and is built on a slight incline sloping down to the River Colne. These days it is overshadowed by the M25, but it is worth a detour to do this walk and to experience its theme of water. This comes in various guises, from brook to river, from lakes to canals - and sometimes more than one of them at once! |
The walk is circular and relatively easy, and you should allow more than 90 minutes, but probably less than two hours, to complete it; longer if you want to pause to contemplate some of the birdlife along the way. In total it's a little over four miles, but much of it is on well made up path and towpath.
Iver is on the B470 between Langley and Cowley, about two miles south west of Uxbridge. It is served by the rail line out of Paddington. Iver should not be confused with its larger namesake Iver Heath to the north. Park either outside the shops on the High Street or in the bays by The Swan pub at the start point (SL0 9NG).
|Start to Bridleway|
Start point: 51.5201 lat, -0.5036 long
Starting at The Swan on the High Street, opposite St. Peter's Church, head down Swan Lane, past another church on the left and through some white pillars and past a sign for a stud farm. Continue down the concrete road as it passes various houses and emerges into trees.
|Bridleway to River Colne|
Start point: 51.5281 lat, -0.5039 long
At the bridleway head right and head along an enclosed path with a rather impressive sward of lawn to the right: the grounds of the cream coloured Delafield Manor, which soon comes into view. You are now on the Colne Valley Trail designated path. A gate brings you onto the gravel drive of the manor and some attached cottages. The drive bends to the left and then to the right, over a footbridge over the Colne Brook.
|River Colne to Packet Boat Lane|
Start point: 51.5264 lat, -0.4911 long
Follow the path as it tracks the river. Cross over a wooden footbridge and you soon come to a pretty weir. Stick with the river, passing over a number of small bridges, ignoring a junction to the right. Beyond the river, you may catch sight of the Little Britain Lake, although it is tantalisingly out of reach at this point in the walk.
|Packet Boat Lane to Bridge 4|
Start point: 51.5186 lat, -0.4912 long
The route follows the line you were following after the concrete bridge, with a ford to your right and Packet Boat Lane to your left. The path stays with the river to your right along a well made up path, meandering as it goes and rising up above the now rapidly disappearing river. This brings you up to the fairly no-nonsense metal bridge that carries you over the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal.
|Bridge 4 to End|
Start point: 51.5114 lat, -0.516 long
Pass under the bridge and head up the bank on the other side on the left, using the steps made of old railway sleepers, and then left and left again, to pass over the canal. On the other side pass immediately to the right, heading for an industrial estate, with a field to your left and the canal to the right. Bear left in the corner of the field, passing up its right hand side, with the buildings of the industrial estate now to your right. Stay with the path as it zig-zags along, until you reach a three way footpath marker.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author NickC and may not be reproduced without permission.
Really great walk but only one problem at the moment. The towpath on the canal is closed making it necessary to retrace ones steps. Will try again later this year.
|By Coppindm on 01 Jun 2013|
Thanks for getting in touch - we've contacted British Waterways and they've confirmed that the towpath will re-open on 21st June. We'll update the walk to warn others.
|By Administrator on 04 Jun 2013|
the walk alone the Colne is lovely ... but the slough arm is so spoilt with rubbish thrown all over the banks ....
|By Gary T on 09 Feb 2015|
I only gave this two stars because of the completely unnecessary canal towpath section. It added nothing to the walk except distance and the return route to the Swan was pretty dull. I'd suggest a route around Little Britain as a substitute and to keep it a rubbish free walk.
|By rippydog on 01 Apr 2016|
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