Tyred tiles

Well, semi-engineering bricks really

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Long boat

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Heron

in there somewhere

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Syon House

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How high did it come?

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Ealing Broadway Circular walk

The green spaces of West London, including The Grand Union Canal, Boston Manor, Syon House, The Thames towpath, Kew Gardens, and Gunnersbury Park.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sat, 17-Feb-18 18

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. T=swc.104.a
Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens till 11th March,
well worth a visit.
Take the first train after 10:30am from Paddington to Ealing Broadway.

Is this still appropriate Sean? Thanks
"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.
The Express Tavern next to Kew Bridge Station is excellent. Choice of beer, tea of course & non intrusive music on vinyl.
18 walkers.
Sunshine all day.
18 walkers.
Sunshine all day.
Great walk through some interesting green spaces.
Many thanks to Sean for a lovely day.
Sun, 10-Jan-16 10

Sunday Walk 2 – Waterways and green spaces in west London

Extra Walk 104 – Ealing Broadway Circular
Length: About 18.8 km (11.7 miles), with shorter options. Toughness: 2/10

Start from Ealing Broadway station at 10:55. Either take the 10:43 Oxford train from Paddington, arriving at 10:53; or travel by Central or District line tube (just under half an hour from central London). Use your Oyster card or buy a Travelcard covering Zones 3-4.

There are frequent trains and tubes back from Ealing Broadway and other places along the walk route.

Today's alternative choice gives you the chance to do a fairly long walk on a short winter's day, with several drop-out points along the way. The walk takes in plenty of green spaces in west London, going out via the Grand Union Canal, Boston Manor and Syon House to reach the Thames at Old Isleworth. If you want a pub lunch you'll be passing the London Apprentice here between 12:30 & 12:45. For the return route, you cross the river at Richmond Lock and take the riverside path back past Old Deer Park and Kew Gardens to Kew Bridge, then across Gunnersbury Park and more open spaces to Ealing. There's about 11 km after lunch but you could curtail the walk by diverting into Richmond after crossing the river, or finishing at Kew Bridge station.

You'll need to print the directions from the Extra Walk 104 page. There's an unavoidable amount of road walking to link the various open spaces and you'll find a pocket-sized London A-Z helpful. T=swc.104
10 on this walk with the weather fine and sunny. At the start I did my usual "gpx led" trick of doing a circular walk in reverse but with a bit of improvisation we quickly got back on track to wend our way through the area's parks and canal towpaths. We all decided to have lunch at Syon Park Garden Centre which did nourishing cheap meals. After lunch the group fragmented and 5 of us got to Richmond where 1 headed for the station there whilst the rest of us ambled along the Thames path which in one or two places was very close to being flooded.
As we had seen enough of the delights of West London we all dropped out at Kew , one heading home and 4 of us having a coffee near the station before catching a train to Waterloo
Sun, 24-Mar-13 4 Ealing Broadway Circular
Sun, 26-Sep-10 Ealing Broadway Circular
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Sat, 01-Aug-09 Ealing Broadway Circular