6 reasons to walk in Osterley Park
Osterley Park is a National Trust run Georgian country estate in West London.
It’s well worth a trip, and here’s 6 reasons why!
1. It’s only about 30 minutes away
Situated in the Borough of Hounslow, the Park can be reached in about 30 minutes from central London.
Tube: Earls Court to Osterley, 25 minutes. 1 mile from Osterley Park; zone 4.
2. The parkland is one of the largest open spaces in west London.
There are many walks and paths taking you around the estate past the lakes, long walk and great meadow.
You can also camp in the parkland each July!
There’s also a natural play trail for children in the park.
Many combine their visit to Osterley park with a walk which also passes the Hounslow flight of locks on the Grand Union Canal.
- Osterley Circular Walk (7 miles, start/finish Osterley tube station, circular: Inner London Ramblers)
- Osterley Circular Walk (5 miles, start/finish car park @ Osterley, circular: AA Walks)
- Osterley Park to Brentford (4.7 miles, linear, start Osterley, finish Brentford: Car Free Walks)
- Greenford to Osterley (7.5 miles, lenear start Greenford, finish Osterley: Saturday Walkers Club)
- Short Circular walk (2.2 miles, start/finish car park @ Osterley, circular: Walk 4 Life)
3. There are also beautiful formal gardens to explore.
As well as the mansion, if you can be persuaded to venture indoors!
4. In Spring, Osterley is famous for its bluebells.
“I went to Osterley because it’s bluebell season, and I’m a bit of a bluebell fan. Not the kind of bluebell that grows all over my garden, and probably yours too. That’s the Spanish or hybrid bluebell, which stands up straight with flowers evenly arranged around the stalk and has very little smell. No, I was after the elusive English bluebell, delicate and deep blue with flowers growing on one side of the stalk so it droops over at the top, and with the characteristic bluebell smell of my childhood.” Bluebells and Wisteria in Osterley Park: Sequins and Cherry Blossom
5. You’ll wonder if all this is really in Zone 4…
6. And of course it’s nice to know there’s a National Trust cafe nearby…
The Best North Downs Way Views from Google Trekker
The Google Trekker project recently completed a ‘streetview’ style walkthrough of the whole of the North Downs Way!
Here are some of the best viewpoints from the trail as seen in Google Trekker.
1. St Martha’s Hill, Guildford
Nearly at the top…
View from the top:
2. Box Hill
Box Hill is a classic viewpoint and a must do for any London walker.
There are many lovely paths around the main viewpoint with wonderful views south.
3. Wye Crown
A short climb up from the village of Wye brings you to Wye Crown, a chalk crown carved into the hillside to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII.
From here you can see the North Downs stretching away into the distance, and if you’ve been walking the trail, appreciate just how far you have come.
Grassy paths lead on over the lovely, quiet Wye downs.
4. Devil’s Kneadingtrough, near Wye
Again on the Wye section, the trail takes you past another significant viewpoint, the Devil’s Kneadingtrough, a ‘dramatic coombe’ and nature reserve.
5. White Cliffs of Dover
As you approach the end of the trail on the Hollingbourne to Dover loop, the iconic white cliffs come into view.
6. Canterbury Cathedral
The Hollingbourne to Dover via Canterbury loop is another option for finishing the trail.
Of course, you get to see the beautiful Cathedral as you head out on the last few days of your walk along this wonderful trail.
Many more views from this wonderful trail can be seen on the National Trails North Downs Way site.
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8 London Walking Facebook Pages to Follow
Here are 8 great Facebook pages you’ll love if you’re a Londoner who loves walking.
1. Walk London
If you Like this page you’ll receive regular news about free organised walks, mainly in central London, plus loads of interesting snippets and shares.
Walk London on Facebook
2. Saturday Walkers Club
Follow this page for beautiful photos from the brilliant Time Out Book of Country Walks, whose website are maintained by the Saturday Walkers Club, and news about organised informal walks you can join.
Saturday Walkers Club on Facebook
3. Greater London National Park City Initiative
News about the campaign to make Greater London the world’s first National Park City – but also, lots of interesting information and news about green spaces all over London.
Greater London National Park City Initiative on Facebook
4. The Royal Parks, London
Photos and news from the 5,000 acres of Royal Parks. A great place to find out about some great outdoorsy events and activities.
The Royal Parks, London on Facebook
5. London Wildlife Trust
News, information and events about London’s wildlife.
London Wildlife Trust on Facebook
6. Ramblers – Inner London Area
News about London walks but also interesting campaigning and lobbying activities relevant to London walkers.
Ramblers Inner London Area on Facebook
7. National Trust London
News and photos from the National Trust’s 10 London properties/estates! Many outdoor activities are listed here along with news and information about their properties.
National Trust London on Facebook
8. South Downs National Park Authority
The closest National Park to London, this page is updated with news, photos and articles to inspire you out into the Park.
South Downs National Park Authority on Facebook
And of course…
Yep London Hiker is on there too! Follow my page for articles from this website plus any interesting London walking news I notice around the web.
London Hiker on Facebook
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