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Willow Tree Wander

This is a 5 mile (8kms) walk along a short stretch of Yeading Brook from North Harrow Station to Ickenham Station.

Willow Tree Wander
  • You can begin the walk at North Harrow underground station which is on the Metropolitan line.
  • Walk along Imperial Drive after turning right under the bridge, then pass the shops and turn right into Northumberland Road.
  • About 300 metres on the left enter Yeading Brook Open Space which is a formal park with mown grass and exotic trees.
  • Follow the path as it crosses the Ridgeway footpath and the brook at several points.
  • Leave the park and cross Rayners Lane with care and enter a small nature conservation area. Here is an unusual "fairytale" style of bridge.
  • Cross Whittington Way, turn left and then right at the roundabout into Church Avenue.
  • Walk along the tree lined avenue until the end and enter an opening. Continue through a gateway and turn left after crossing the footbridge.
  • Continue through the open parkland area along either bank of the brook until reaching Village Way. Cross Village Way and turn right and walk along the road until the junction with Cannon Lane.
  • Turn left, walk over the railway line and enter through the park gates and continue ahead passing a children's play area. Cross the bridge and turn immediately right to rejoin the brook.
  • Keep walking along the bank of the brook where a rich variety of flowers, shrubs and trees can be found. Follow the brook until you reach the miniature golf course.
  • Go across the brook, turn left and follow the path beside the brook until Field End Road. From here it is possible to join the River Pinn Walk 1.5 miles to the north.
  • Cross the road and walk through the metal kissing gate with the brook on the right. Continue to follow the brook past a children's play area until reaching Queens Walk.
  • Keep on Queens Walk and continue for about 800 metres with the brook on the right until reaching Victoria Road. Turn left and cross at the bollards with care.
  • Walk through Bridgewater Road Open Space along a surfaced path past a play area with the brook still on the right. Continue past the footbridge and leave the surfaced path.
  • At next footbridge cross the brook and turn left with the brook on the left. Follow the brook until it goes under the rail embankment, continue to the gate.
  • Leave the open space, turn left along West End Road under the rail bridge until the pelican crossing. Here is Ruislip Gardens Station which is on the Central and Marylebone line.
  • Cross at the pelican crossing and turn right. Immediately after turn left to rejoin the path beside the brook. Walk through an area of planted beds. 
  • After 250 metres leave the surfaced path and continue with the brook on the left. Here the walk passes behind RAF Northolt which is used by the Air Force, the Royal Family and visiting heads of state.
  • The walk then passes through fields and hedgerows which give an impression of what many local areas were like at the turn of the last century. 
  • Continue through some trees and enter Ickenham Marsh, a local nature reserve managed by the Hillingdon Group of the London Wildlife Trust.
  • Follow the brook to the bridge where the Willow Tree Wander joins the Hillingdon Trail. The Hillingdon Trail is a 20 mile path, south to Cranford through Hounslow and to the Thames, and north to Harefield and the Canal.
  • At the bridge, leave the brook and follow the worn track for 100 metres, then join Austins Lane, an Ancient Highway with the typical ditches, banks and variety of trees in the hedgerows for 400 metres.
  • At the made-up highway, following the Hillingdon Trail, Austins Lane continues ahead to High Road Ickenham with West Ruislip Station which is on the Central line 7 miles away.
  • Turn left into Glebe Avenue, Ickenham Station which is on the Metropolitan line is 700 metres away and ends our walk. However, another 200 metres along Glebe Avenue is Long Lane, Ickenham with pubs, shops, cafe, toilets and buses.

The route can be walked in either direction. There are refreshment points and public transport facilities on the route. Along the route are signs and waymark posts with the willow leaves and catkin symbol of Willow Tree Walk.

About the walk willow_tree_wander_logo

This walk has been developed in partnership with the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon, the Environment Agency, the Ramblers' Association and local residents.

Willow Tree Wander is a section of the Yeading Brook Walk which is part of the West London Waterway Walks network of paths along rivers and canals in West London.

The River Pinn Walk can be joined at Ruislip Golf Course by following the Hillingdon Trail for about 1.25 miles from Glebe Avenue and Austins Lane junction. This would then give a circular walk towards Pinner and Harrow.

See our walks map »

Contact details

Travel information (buses) phone 020 7222 1234.

Waterway Walks contact 020 8758 5916

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