Osterley Park walk
Osterley Park, Tentelow Woodland, Grand Junction Canal, Hanwell Flight of Locks, River Brent, a riverside meadow and the stunning Wharncliffe Viaduct.
10.4 km/6.5 mi with negligible ascent.
Time: 2 hour 15 mins
Start: Osterley Underground Finish: Hanwell Crossrail or Osterley Underground
Osterley Station is on the Heathrow Branch of the Piccadilly Line. Journey time is 17 minutes from Hammersmith and 32 minutes from Green Park. Hanwell is on the Reading arm of Crossrail and journey time to Paddington is 15 minutes. Both stations are in Zone 4.
This varied route of many delights initially meanders through the publicly accessible parts of the landscaped Osterley Park, while limiting the exposure to the noise from the M4. Some parts of the park show fine displays of bluebells in season. On an extension through the ticketed part of the park, more bluebell areas can be seen, and a flower garden and a walled garden can be explored.
From the café in the Stables Courtyard right by the grand Osterley House, you leave the park in a northerly direction to cross the M4 and a field into Norwood Green, where the fine bluebell wood of the Tentelow Woodland is passed through, before you cross the Grand Junction Canal and walk through the Glade Lane Canalside Park to join the towpath along the canal. Pass the famous Three Bridges site, an engineering feat of its time where railway, canal and road intersect, and walk along the former Hanwell Insane Asylum (now Ealing Hospital) and past the Hanwell Flight of Locks to the junction with the River Brent.
Turn left upstream along the river and through a large riverside hay meadow to the picturesque, grand Wharncliffe Viaduct, which carries the Great Western Main Line 20m above the Brent Valley. Another small park lies between the river and Hanwell Station with its vintage (and heated) waiting room.
A Circular Walk (returning to Osterley Station from Osterley House) is 5.9 kilometres long.
Stables Café Jersey Road, Isleworth, Hounslow TW7 4RB (020 8232 5050). Located 4.4 km into the walk, open 10.00-17.00 daily.
Refreshments Osterley Ending
Osterley Park and House
Grand Junction Canal
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Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
Jun-21 Thomas G
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