Eastcote House Garden is the prettiest of all parks in the Harrow and Hillingdon areas and this is where I started the Eastcote House & 8 park walk. I was amazed at the number of parks and gardens available in this two hour tour.
There is parking for approximately 16 cars at Eastcote House Gardens. However, you may want to begin at any point on the loop walk. Perhaps Eastcote House is better as a mid-point. The ideal place to stop, enjoy a coffee and the delightful walled Garden. The route is all on paths and wellies or hiking boots re not necessary.
Other parks on the loop
Eastcote House Gardens
Eastcote House Gardens has much to recommend it. This relatively small park includes Grade II listed buildings, a cafe serving great bacon sandwiches and an enchanting walled garden.
The walled garden is a place of tranquility with plenty of benches around the wide path. It has improved considerably in the last 10 years thanks to the hard work of volunteers. Not at its best in early February. it still offers a wonderful place to contemplate the world.
The Dovecote, erected in the 16th Century stands just outside the garden. In happier times volunteers will often show you inside this Grade II listed building. At the moment we only have the sign outside to describe it.
In the gardens you’ll also find the outline of the old Eastcote House that was demolished in the 1920s. As you leave the gardens and head down towards the beginning of Field End Road you pass a majestic Redwood tree on your left. Take a moment to look upwards.
Turn uphill on the busy Field End Road and take a moment to admire the Victorian Cottages that line a section of the road.
Just before arriving at the mini-roundabout turn right and follow this alleyway. This cut through will lead you to Highgrove Wood.
A path weaves it’s way through the wood for about 500m. Amongst the bird song I’m sure I heard the gentle tapping of a woodpecker.
At the end of the path you immediately enter Warrender Park. The park is named after Eleanor Warrender who once owned the land and Highgrove Wood.
A set of large oaks run down the centre of the park. Go straight ahead and turn right at the end. As you exit the alley way the route crosses the road and follows another passage. Keep going and you will soon cross over the tube line.
Ahead lies a long and seemingly unpromising passageway, but there is always something of interest. For example, you’ll find an extensive allotment on your left and the chirping of birds will cheer you along your way.
Here I stopped to watch two magpies chase a squirrel around a tree.
After awhile the alley turns left and then right. Here you enter Bessingby Park a large recreation area with many sports facilities. The park once belonged to the largest property owner in the area, Kings College Cambridge. It was sold to the local council in 1914.
There are a couple of playgrounds, a bowls club and many pitches.
After leaving Bessignby there is a 500m stretch of Whitby Road to endure until you see the sign for Roxbourne Railway.
The miniature railway in Roxbourne Park sadly sits empty these Covid days. After passing the railway the park opens out in two distinct phases.
You maybe a little disconcerted to know that the park opened in 1936 is built on a land-fill site. During the second world war the site was used as a prison camp. It is now crossed by a path which is not well drained in parts, so may well require a couple of jumps to avoid wet feet.
Streamside Open Space
Exit the park and go across the bridge. At the traffic lights turn right and only a short way along Village Way enter the gate for Yeading Brook. This area is a small part of the stream that runs from Headstone Park for 16 miles. The stream eventually meets the River Crane in Hayes.
This small section of the brook is like a small oasis of bird song beside the busy road you’ve just left behind.
At the exit enter the quiet and pleasant Church Avenue. Proceed along to the roundabout cross over and enter Yeading Walk.
This narrow tree lined space has several benches for the weary traveller and a great variety of plants.
Pinner Village Gardens
Now you’ll be faced with the only hill on the route. Walk to the top and turn left into Rayners Lane and then first right to Compton Rise. On your right is a small path that leads into Pinner Village Gardens.
The friends of the gardens always seem to be working whenever I pass through. They are doing a great job.
Make you way out by following the map to the other side and enter Canon Lane.
The Final Stage
Turn left in Canon Lane and pass my favourite butcher.
Turn Right onto Lyncroft Road and follow the map.
Beside this house is a little alley. In the spring the Wisteria makes this home a beautiful site. Continue to follow the map until you reach Eastcote Park Estate.
The estate was built up in the 1920’s and 30’s with the introduction of the Underground to Eastcote. It also brings you into the back entrance of Eastcote House Gardens and the end of the Eastcote House & 8 park walk.
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