Extra Walk 42 – Greenford to Osterley
Length: 12 km (7.5 miles). Toughness: 1/10
Take a Central Line tube (towards West Ruislip) to arrive
(every 5-10 minutes; it's a 30-minute journey from central London).
There's an alternative route via train but you have to change. You'd need to take the 10:03
Heathrow Connect service from Paddington
and change at West Ealing
(arr 10:13, dep 10:27), arriving Greenford
Return is by Piccadilly Line tube from Osterley, or local buses if these are more convenient. Greenford and Osterley are both in TfL Zone 4.
Another urban walk for those allergic to mud, but this one's got lots of pleasant green spaces and you can certainly imagine yourself in the countryside when you reach Osterley Park
, a grand country estate managed by the National Trust. There's no admission fee for the park or the Stables tearoom; last entry to the House is 4pm if you want to visit.
The suggested lunchtime stop is the Plough
in Norwood Green, a Fuller's pub which serves food all day and got a very favourable review from some midweek walkers last year. It's three-quarters of the way through the published walk but bear in mind that there's plenty of scope to extend this short walk by exploring Osterley Park.
You'll need to print the directions from the Greenford to Osterley Walk