Saturday, 26 November 2011

Walk #1: Capital Ring Segment 8

Monday, November 14th/2011

Our first "official" walk of this trip was the 8th segment of the Capital Ring, starting from the Boston Manor station. Our actual path can be seen on the map linked here:
Garmin Connect - Capital Ring Segment 8

The official name of this segment is "Osterley Lock to Greenford". The distance is given as 4.8 miles, but we added considerable distance with extra forays to pubs (our final distance was 6.76 miles).



Highlights:
lovely walks beside a bucolic canal with well-preserved locks;

and the nearby pub, The Fox;

...an absolutely immense train viaduct (almost on the scale of the pyramids, well maybe not quite.....).



Next, you walk through a lovely open area with a small animal park (note the very large and spacious budgie aviary!). Following the River Brent, you pass shrubby lanes and golf courses. The official walk ends in a suburban area as you make your way to Greenford Station, to make your way home. However, we made a detour to a pub called "The Black Horse",

right next to the canal and named after one of the horses who, in days gone by, would have towed the boats. A very lovely black-and-gold narrow boat was moored on the pathway right next to the pub's garden.

Canals would become a recurring theme on this year's walk, so our stop at this pub seemed appropriate!

NEXT: Amersham to Great Missenden (not a Capital Ring or London Loop walk)

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