The Yeading Brook

This is a short urban walk exploring another of the 'lost landscapes of Middlesex'. The Yeading Brook rises at Headstone Manor and can be tracked all the way to Ruislip Gardens. This walk starts and finishes in West Harrow, and follows the most attractive section of the river through two pretty linear parks : The Yeading Brook Open Space and Streamside Recreation Ground.

Technical sheet
No. 5058014
A Harrow walk posted on 13/02/21 by Linda N. Update : 19/02/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h35[?]
Distance Distance : 5.55km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 12m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 12m
Highest point Highest point : 58m
Lowest point Lowest point : 45m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Harrow
Starting point Starting point : N 51.575756° / W 0.3581°
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(D/A) The walk starts and finishes at West Harrow Park, which has a cafe and toilets. The route begins at the exit on Shaftesbury Avenue. Turn right to join The Ridgeway. Walk up and over the railway.

(1) Soon you will see an unassuming track to your right which takes you on to the allotments. The tarmac path straight ahead will take you to West Harrow Station, where you turn left on to The Gardens and Blenheim Road There is an option here to follow the earth track to your left which takes you around the top of the allotment site, where you will find a gate and an alleyway which leads you on to Dorchester Road: go right along this road and then left into Blenheim Road. Follow Blenheim Road, then take a right turn into Argyle Road. Follow this road to the junction with Imperial Drive. Cross this busy road and continue straight ahead along Northumberland Road.

(2) The entrance to Yeading Brook Open Space is on the left. Follow the river through the park and exit on to Rayners Lane with a roundabout to your left. Take the third exit here (Church Avenue). The Yeading Brook passes through allotments on your right. At the end of the road is the entrance to Streamside Park where you rejoin the Yeading Brook. Follow the river to the exit on Village Way.

(3) At the Village Way turn left and continue until you reach Rayners Lane. Go right towards the tube station. Cross the railway. Cross the main road to rejoin Rayners Lane and walk down this road with a sports ground to your left. At the end of the road turn left (Warden Avenue). Follow this road to Thackeray Close, where there is a footbridge over the railway line to Twyford Road.

(4)The steps up to the footbridge are very steep, If you have any difficulty with steps then continue along Scott Crescent to where the road goes under the railway arches further along. Follow Twyford Road to the junction with Shaftesbury Avenue. You are back where you started, with West Harrow Park just across the road.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 57m - West Harrow Park, Shaftesbury Avenue exit
1 : km 0.42 - alt. 52m - Entrance to allotment site
2 : km 1.67 - alt. 52m - Entrance to Yeading Brook Open Space
3 : km 3.2 - alt. 45m - Village Way
4 : km 4.91 - alt. 56m - Footbridge
D/A : km 5.55 - alt. 57m - End of walk, West Harrow Park

Useful Information

Cafe (Syd's Pizzeria) and toilets at West Harrow Park.
Cafes and shops at Rayners Lane

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During the walk or to do/see around

The focus of the walk is Yeading Brook, but you also pass through some interesting suburban streets. West Harrow and North Harrow have many typical 1930s semis. As you walk down Village Way you are on the perimeter of Harrow Garden Village, considered very desirable! In contrast, the estate around Scott Crescent and Coles Crescent has a high proportion of high density social housing. All are interesting examples of what 'Metroland' has to offer. And if you have a vivid imagination, you can visualize what this area was like 100 years ago, when the Yeading Brook meandered through fields and woods and Ruislip was a cluster of cottages and a church.

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