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. T=swc.104.a