London Loop Walk 11 – Hayes & Harlington to Uxbridge

Slightly cooler today, so yet again I squeeze onto the 0939 (the first off-peak fast train) to Waterloo East. Tube to Paddington, and then a noisy diesel train to Hayes & Harlington station.

From there, it’s a short walk to the Grand Union canal towpath:Grand Union Canal

I followed this for a while, then headed off to Stockley Park, which despite being a new business park apparently cloned on the Milton Keynes model, actually has a lot of nice paths through woodland:Stockley Park

There is a viewpoint in the park – it’s not that high, but much higher than everything around, so you can see quite a way:Stockley Park View

The bridge makes a nice crossing over the busy A408 that bisects the park:Stockley Park Bridge

Then back to nice paths and woodland:Stockley Park

Eventually this park will join back to the canal, but for now there is a bit of street walking through a noisy industrial estate at Yiewsley:Yiewsley Industrial Estate

Back on the canal, the Western Main line is nearby:Grand Union Canal


Grand Union Canal

I then headed off down the Slough Arm by the marina at Little Britain:

Grand Union Canal - Little Britain


A bit further down, a lovely quiet path follows the River Colne through woodland, despite the M25 being under a mile away!Colne Valley Regional ParkColne Valley Regional Park Wier

Further on, the path still follows the river, but with an industrial estate on the other side, which wasn’t quite as nice:Colne Valley Regional Park

Then a bit more street walking back again to the Grand Union canal at Uxbridge:

Grand Union Canal

Then it’s just a short walk through the High Street to Uxbridge Underground Station.

Incidentally, since the advent of the craze for Pokemon Go, I now get strange looks if I look at the map on my smartphone whilst walking. Oh well…

9.6 miles walking, 4 Geocaches and 3 Coalposts today.

London Loop Walk 12 and 13 – Uxbridge to Moor Park

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