1 in a series of routes around Ealing for you to Print
Out and Ride
Brent & Grand Union Canal Circular Tour
The route is mainly
off-road on well-made paths though it can be muddy in places.
18 miles (alternative 12 miles)
Allow 3-4 hours (alternative 2-3 hours)
The Fox pub, Green Lane, Hanwell W7 (A-Z 7H p55)
RH=right hand LH=left hand SA=straight ahead
the route follows the River Brent it does so as closely as possible
on well-made paths and roads. However the more adventurous can quite
literally follow the river in places by using the riverside footpath.
Please bear in mind you may not strictly be allowed to cycle on some
sections of the riverside path so, as with all shared-use paths, please
give consideration to pedestrians.
sure your bike is roadworthy. Carry lights in case you're still
out after dark. Carry basic tools and a puncture repair kit. Make
sure you are wearing appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.
Be nice to pedestrians on shared paths - give them priority and
politely warn them of your approach. Keep safe - ride in company
during daylight hours if you believe yourself to be vulnerable.
- Hanwell Bridge,
Uxbridge Road, 1J p71
- Hanwell Viaduct,
- Brent Lodge
"Bunny" Park, 7H p55
- St Mary's
Church, Perivale, 3B p56
- Brentham Nature
Reserve, 3D p56
Hill, 7A p40
- Smith's Farm,
- Northolt Mosque,
- Southall "Lighthouse"
Uxbridge Road, 7B p54
- Windmill Bridge
"Three Bridges", 2G p71
- Hanwell Locks,
- Hanwell Asylum
(now St Bernards Hospital) bricked up arch, 2H p7
- The Fox, Green
Lane, Hanwell, 7H p55
- Gurnell Leisure
Centre, Ruislip Road East, Hanwell, 4K p55
- Perivale Park
Golf Course Club House, Nr Stockdove Way, S Greenford, 3J p55
- The Kent,
Pitshanger Lane, Brentham, 4B p56
Northwick Road, Alperton, 1D p56
- The Black
Horse, Oldfield Lane, Greenford, 6H p39
- Yeading Marina,
West Quay Drive, 5C p54
1) Turn L out
of pub car park. Turn R onto canal towpath crossing over weir where
River Brent flows into canal.
2) After 100m
and 1st lock, take path to R following River Brent on R. WITH CAUTION
pass through "blind corner" in gap between wall and river (often
3) Follow riverside
path and at road bridge take RH path to go through tunnel under
Uxbridge Road. After heavy rain this tunnel can get flooded, in
which case cross the road WITH CAUTION at nearby lights.
4) Continue to
follow riverside path with viaduct ahead. At viaduct turn R to cross
river then turn immediately L under viaduct. Follow path up hillside
through kissing gate, then turn R continuing up hill. At top of
hill turn L onto path through avenue of trees through Churchfields
5) At end of
path by church turn R Church Road. After 400m turn L at gated track
High Lane signposted to Studland Road. Keep SA through golf course,
then past houses & flats on R keeping parallel to Bridge Avenue.
At fenced chicane, continue as if SA along tarmaced cycle track
between playing fields.
into park. With bowling green on R keep SA turning into 3rd path
on L by large tree, towards houses and Meadvale Road.
SA along Meadvale Road to end. Turn R Neville Road then immediately
L Brunswick Road and immediately L again. Ahead is a stiled footpath
into Brentham Nature Reserve. Turn right following path between
houses on Brunswick Road and allotments. (Brentham Nature Reserve
is worth walking around. If you can get your bike over the stile,
it provides a delightful short cut to the A40 though it is worth
stressing this is a nature reserve and bikes should be walked).
13) At end of
path take 1st L into Lynwood Road then immediately L onto cycle
path adjoining A40.
14) After bridge
over River Brent take subway under A40. Then WITH CAUTION turn R
onto Alperton Lane, looking out for cars to your L leaving A40 which
may be speeding.
15) Follow Alperton
Lane for 1/2 mile to junction. WITH CAUTION cross Ealing Road (walk
and use refuge if necessary). Continue SA into Riverside Gardens
ignoring no through road sign.
16) At turning
circle follow footpath at RH corner and follow under railway bridge.
Then turn L and immediately R onto Queensbury Road keeping River
Brent to your R.
17) At end of
Queensbury Road turn L Longley Avenue. At end turn R into footpath
and immediately L into short narrow walled path. Turn L onto canal.
18) Follow canal
all the way to The Fox for 10 miles taking care to turn L at Bulls
Bridge following Brentford arm of canal (just off A-Z 3A p70). CAUTION
the Brentford towpath at Bulls Bridge is open to motor vehicles
for about half a mile.
This route can
be shortened to 12 miles by turning L off canal into Horsenden Lane
South (3rd bridge you come to; A-Z 1A p56). At A40 use cycle bridge
to cross over to Perivale Lane and retrace steps to The Fox.
6) At Ruislip
Road East turn R onto road using "toucan" crossing. The River Brent
is now on your L behind hedge.
after railway viaduct turn L into gated path, crossing over River
8) At end of
path turn R onto Stockdove Way. Cross Argyle Road at lights onto
9) After 600m
opposite Old Church Lane turn R into cycle path signposted West
Ealing & Kew Bridge
past small wooden church, crossing River Brent. Immediately after
bridge take LH path.