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|Osterley Park and the Grand Union Canal|
|Author: Claire, Published: 22 Sep 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk starting from Osterley Park, one of the largest open spaces in the western suburbs of London. The walk will take you through a mixture of parkland, industrial landscapes, a beautiful section of the Grand Union Canal and then back through residential streets and arable farmland to reach the park once again. |
The walk is relatively flat throughout with no significant inclines. There are no stiles and just a few kissing gates (one of which is quite tight!). The paths are a mixture of pavements, stone and gravel tracks and grass/dirt paths and some of the latter can be muddy and/or a little overgrown at some times of the year. Whilst some sections of the walk do follow roads, there are pavements so no road walking is required. There is one railway crossing (a crossing with no signals or barriers) so take particular care here. There are public toilets available in Osterley Park near the mansion. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the Osterley Park car park which is managed by the National Trust. The car park is free to members and pay on entrance for non-members. Entrance to the grounds of Osterley Park is free. The car park is accessed from Jersey Road just north of the A4 in Isleworth. Approximate post code TW7 4RD. Osterley tube station is just a 10-15 minute walk from the start of the walk.
|Start to Hare and Hounds|
Start point: 51.4889 lat, -0.3476 long
Leave the Osterley Park car park past the payment booth and turn left along the main tree-lined access lane. You will pass the farm shop on the left. Shortly after the farm shop you will see a bungalow on the right hand side of the lane. Turn left opposite this bungalow to pass through a kissing gate onto a fenced footpath between fields.
|Hare and Hounds to Grand Union Canal|
Start point: 51.4915 lat, -0.3396 long
Continue along the pavement beyond the pub with the main road running to your left. Follow the road as it passes under the M4. Continue for a further 400 yards and you will see a tall brick wall and wooden gates on your left. Turn right opposite this and pass through a staggered metal railing to join a narrow fenced footpath with playing fields to the left.
|Grand Union Canal to Three Bridges|
Start point: 51.5006 lat, -0.338 long
Turn right along the towpath and pass under the bridge you just crossed. Continue ahead with the canal on your left.
|Three Bridges to The Plough|
Start point: 51.5046 lat, -0.3553 long
Continue along the towpath and you will pass another lock, Number 91, and a little further ahead you will reach a white brick arch bridge over the canal. Pass under the white bridge and up the short brick slope. Swing hard right and through the fencing gap and turn right again to cross over the white bridge.
|The Plough to Osterley Park|
Start point: 51.4955 lat, -0.366 long
Turn left immediately before the pub onto the enclosed footpath signed as ‘Leading to St Mary’s Avenue’. Cross over the residential road and continue ahead on the enclosed path opposite. Go ahead along the narrow footpath between arable fields.
|Osterley Park to End|
Start point: 51.4936 lat, -0.355 long
Follow the tarmac lane and go through another open wooden gate to reach an avenue lined with very old chestnut trees. Continue ahead and further along the avenue becomes flanked with younger lime trees. Follow the path as it bends right, passing by the cafe and heading for Osterley House ahead. Follow the path as it swings left in front of the house.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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