Monday, 13 April 2009

Easter Sunday : Richmond To Greenford

Another report from Jane Rosoux, Hampstead's intrepid Walks Organiser...

"Despite the weather being somewhat dull there was a good turnout of 19 for this section of the Capital Ring. We started off on the south bank of the Thames but soon crossed over to the north bank where the route took us along the veranda of Town Wharf."

"I like this stretch of the Thames, especially when the tide is out and boats are layed up on the mud" -

..."it is easy to imagine what the whole river might have been like in Dickens's day".

"We went through Syon Park, then made our way to Brentford Lock where the Grand Union Canal enters the Thames. Here I found the route instructions somewhat confusing, despite my having surveyed the walk in January, and we went hither and thither over various bridges before finding the towpath!"

"A little further on we passed through a covered boat dock"...

..."and then we followed the towpath to our lunch stop just over half way at "The Fox" pub at the foot of the flight of locks at Hanwell"...

..."where some members of the party enjoyed good pub food. At this point our route left the canal and took us along the River Brent where, after passing under the impressive Wharncliffe Viaduct, we soon came to a park and more toilets. Here regrettably I managed to lose one member of the party, despite the stop being around 15 minutes"

"The rest of the walk was uneventful"...

..."and when we arrived at Greenford most of the party took a short cut to the station whilst two of us continued for a further 3 miles to Harrow-on-the-Hill."


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