The Pinner and Hatch End loop walk provides some excellent views, crosses farmland and includes Pinner Wood. See Pinner Park Farm, the quiet parts of Hatch End, the top of Pinner Hill and alleyways of Pinner. The route takes approximately 2 ½ hours.
I walked this route back in December when there was snow on the ground and every path was muddy. I retraced my steps on Thursday 15th April on a beautiful sunny day. The picture has changed dramatically as you can see from two views below.
Pinner to Pinner Park Farm
Pinner High Street has changed dramatically in the last year. Carlucci, Cafe Rouge, Pizza Express and a couple of independent shops have all gone out of business.
However, the estate agents are still in business and The Queens Head looks as if it could restart when restrictions lift. Head up towards Pinner Parish Church and turn right into Church Lane. Some beautiful houses line either side of this road so it’s definitely worth taking your time as you pass by. At the end of the road is a little green with a memorial fountain dedicated to William Alfred Tooke. We shall meet him later in the walk.
Turn left and then first right up the brief but fairly steep Wakehams Hill. For the exact route open the map.
From the top of Wakehams hill you can look down over Pinner Park Farm and the fields ahead. The farm is owned by the London Borough of Harrow. In the 13th Century the Archbishop of Canterbury owned the area which included the farm. You can read more about Pinner Park Farm History here.
The farm to Hatch End
Cross through the farm with fields on either side. At the end of the fields you
can optionally take a narrow footpath opposite the gate which brings you out on Headstone Lane. Alternatively continue straight on along the tarmac road to Headstone Lane Station and cross the railway.
Turn left and continue to the Uxbridge Road. Just before the bridge turn right into The Avenue. Here you’ll see a mixture of small blocks of flats and large houses.
So many of these large family homes have been systematically redeveloped into flats. Proceed along The Avenue until you see a cut through which takes you back across the railway.
This section of the walk is behind all the shops and restaurants that is most peoples idea of Hatch End. There is the small park called Shaftesbury Playing Fields.
Follow the map and into Evelyn Drive taking note of the typical architecture of the area. At the roundabout turn right into Albury Drive with its 60’s housing.
Take the concrete track that rises very gently and turn left at the end.
The path climbs here through the wood which is bounded on both sides by Pinner Hill Golf Club. You climb to the highest point on the Pinner & Hatch End Loop walk.
This track has been muddy, but during this cold snap it is easy to walk here. However it is quite climb to the top of the hill, but the view is worth it.
Unfortunately on the day I arrived it was too overcast to see far. However, on returning in April the view is magnificent. Move to the right of where this picture was taken and see the city skyscrapers quite clearly.
Behind this scene stands Pinner Hill Golf clubhouse.
Read an interesting article on the history of Pinner Hill Estate all owned before the 1920’s by one family. The estate developed when demand for middle class housing increased as a result of the Metropolitan Line. The estate builders, as keen golfers themselves, wanted to add a golf course to the development. They naturally chose the 19th century pile built by the Tooke family.
The route back to Pinner
Descend through the estate down to the public road and turn left at Albury Drive. Before you take this left turn look to the right and admire Tooke’s Folly.
I am interested to know why the houses in Pinnerwood Estate are called Artegan? If anyone knows why, please add to comments below.
Follow the map through the alley and continue down to the Uxbridge Road. Cross the road to Waxwell Lane. See if you can spot the old spring with its plaque at the start of the lane.
The rest of the route keeps you off the roads as much as possible and returns you to the centre of Pinner.
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