A 7 mile (11.3 km) ramble, the Celandine Route follows the all green spaces between Pinner and Uxbridge. The path chases the course of the River Pinn for most of the way. Discover Eastcote House, Pynchester Moat and some pretty little corners in your backyard.
This is an ideal dog walk, although you cross a number of roads, most of the time you dog can roam freely. When I followed this walk there were a couple of places that were a little too muddy, but a reasonable pair of boots is all you need.
Pinner to Eastcote
Start in Pinner and use the map to make your way to Pinner Memorial Park. At the top of the park you’ll find West House, once the home of Horatia, Lord Nelson’s daughter. The buildings of West House now comprise a permanent exhibition to Heath Robinson and a cafe. The Heath Robinson Museum celebrates the life and humorous art of this resident of Pinner.
Wander down West End Lane until the Celandine Route sign appears. Open the gate and walk beside the allotments.
Maintain the Pinn on your left and the route through to Long Meadow is straight forward. There are parts of the section leading up to Long Meadow that have become churned up and during wet weather are quite muddy.
Long Meadow acted as a flood plain for the River Pinn. An abandoned planned development in the 1930’s resulted in Middlesex County Council buying the Meadow and saving it for the likes of you and me.
The path crosses the River in to the grounds of Eastcote House. Within the grounds lies one of my favourite places, the walled garden.
Even under grey skies the garden has a magical quality. Time seems to stand still within its walls. Thanks and praise to all the volunteers who have worked so hard to make it such a beautiful place.
Continue to follow the map and exit the gardens into Eastcote High Road. Now long overshadowed by the main shopping centre around the tube station, this was originally the centre of Eastcote.
Eastcote to Ruislip
Look out for the bridge that crosses the River Pinn and either turn left straight after the bridge or continue a short distance and turn left at the road if the previous path looks too muddy.
Cross over Fore street and continue to follow the Celandine Route.
Kings College Cambridge once owned large parts of Ruislip Woods and the surrounding area. Cross Kings College Road and into another section of the playing fields with the running track on your right and the Pinn on your left. The fields have numerous football and hockey pitches as well as the track.
Pass the end of a cul-de-sac called Sherwood Avenue and into a narrow part of the path running close to the Pinn. Whenever I walk through a very quiet street I feel I am somehow intruding into someone else’s world where I don’t belong.
The path became quite muddy here but a little bit of sunny weather should dry out the trail quite quickly.
Cross over the Pinn again on exiting from the overhanging trees the path opens into a much wider area. At the end of this stands a magnificent Lombardy Poplar. Head for this tree. It stands on its own, king of a small part of the Celandine Route.
Traverse Bury Street.
At the end of this short section including the paved path in the picture above, go over the bridge. Follow beside the Pinn which is now on your left. It’s not long before the route crosses back over the Pinn. Turn immediately right into Woodville Gardens. Over the stile at the end of the road and enter another open space.
Leave the Hillingdon Trail
The section between Bury Street and here is also part of the Hillingdon Trail. At the end of the field pass through the gate and shortly afterwards take the path to the right. The left hand path is the Hillingdon Trail. You will now be circumventing what used to be Ruislip Golf Course.
The enchanting aroma of nectar from the cowslips pervades the air. The golf course has now been taken over by HS2 construction.
At the end of the ex-golf course you will encounter all the noise of construction belonging to HS2.
Work on HS2 runs alongside the Chiltern Rail route into central London. Fortunately our Celandine Route has not been blocked by the construction. There are many places where HS2 has blocked paths and access to woods. Let’s see how they repair all this damage.
Pass underneath the bridge you are still on the Celandine Route.
After the HS2 construction the path rolls along with houses on your left and the Pinn on your right. You will see a plaque describing the Pynchester Moat. The moat surrounds the remains of a medieval farm and provided water and status to the owners of the farm rather than protection.
A little tired we found a seat in a local playground and had the coffee we had brought.
As you proceed the path opens out into Swakeleys Park, an attractive area with playground, tennis courts, a wildflower meadow and woodland.
At the end of the park cross over Swakeleys Drive and follow the path beside Vyners School.
The sound of the busy A40 will begin to intrude. From the noise level, as we climbed up the slope to the bridge, I was expecting a lot more traffic.
A40 to Uxbridge
The Pinn River now leaves the path.
On either side of the trunk road you’ll find wooded areas. After the bridge the trail rises and you arrive in a large open space with football pitches. As you pass the bushes on the left there is a great view towards central London.
Unfortunately when we passed this way the cloud was low and the view was less than spectacular. Exit the open space at the south-east corner and cross over the dual carriageway.
On the other side continue in the same direction and walk across Uxbridge Common.
Around the common are some very attractive houses. Unfortunately the common is the last part of countryside for this journey.
Quaker Meeting House
Follow the map to weave through the outskirts of Uxbridge towards the tube station. On the way check out the early 19th Century Quaker Meeting House. Quakers have been meeting in Uxbridge since the middle of the 17th century.
Just round the corner the trail comes to the end at Uxbridge Station.
The station is a hub not only for the trains but is a centre for buses so it is always busy. Time to put on the mask.
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