Walk the 5 mile Yeading Brook Trail and enjoy spring as you saunter beside one of London’s hidden rivers. This flat walk is ideal for dog walkers and even cyclists who are happy to ride on grass. See nature return to life as the trees blossom and the spring flowers open.
The brook saunters through North Harrow, Eastcote, Ruislip Manor and Gardens to the Wild Life Trust areas of Stafford Road Open Space and Ickenham Marsh.
The Yeading Brook
The Yeading Brook’s journey begins as a spring in the moat surrounding Headstone Manor and flows for 16 miles until it reaches the River Crane. We follow the Yeading for 5 miles.
The Archbishop of Canterbury owned most of Harrow and built a Manor House around 1310. The moat provided prestige to the Manor as well as fresh fish on Fridays and a place for the cattle to drink. Headstone Manor has been converted into a museum and sits in Headstone Manor Park.
I began the walk in North Harrow, at Yeading Walk, but join at any point. See the map for the most convenient spot for you to join.
Yeading Walk has a great variety of flora and is extremely well maintained. At the moment new blooms and shoots are appearing everywhere.
The Brook itself meanders beside the walk and is decidedly unimpressive channelled in a concrete canal.
Streamside Open Space
Exit Yeading Walk and proceed to the roundabout and Church Avenue. This quiet road leads to a small green area called Streamside Open Space.
When I first walked down this open space I was enchanted by this quiet area with the Yeading flowing beside the path.
On leaving Streamside Open Space turn right into Village Way, which will be the last section of road walking for the Yeading Brook Trail. At the traffic lights turn right and head towards Roxbourne Park.
The park sits on an old landfill site, not that you would notice that today. With some lockdown restrictions lifted it is a chance for amateur sport to restart.
Keep left of the changing rooms and follow the edge of Yeading Brook. You can drop down and join a path that tracks the course of the stream.
Spring is bursting out everywhere on this trail.
Field End Road to Ruislip Gardens
At the end of Roxbourne Park cross the road and pass between Yeading Brook and Field End Allotments.
Continue along the route and as you proceed the path widens.
You still have the Yeading Brook for company.
This area, know as Brook Common, runs beside a service road and is probably the least attractive part of the route.
Cross over Victoria Road and enter Ruislip Gardens. Here we have playing fields, children’s playing area and some wide open spaces.
Even more signs of spring as these trees have their first leaves.
Stafford Road Open Space
Leave Ruislip Gardens and walk under the bridge towards the tube station and cross at the traffic lights. Straight ahead of you is Stafford Road Open Space.
The 17 acres area has recently been restored by the London Wildlife Trust. The open space begins as a narrow strip of green between industrial development on one side and housing on the other.
As you continue the walk the path winds along keeping close to the Yeading with fields on one side and just visible on the other lies Northolt Aerodrome.
You have now reached Ickenham Marsh. In January this low lying land was a quagmire and almost impassable without waders. It has now dried out and the paths across the Marsh are easy walking. The area attracts Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Kingfisher and more. While I passed through I spotted a twitcher laden with binoculars and camera.
At the Ickenham Marsh sign I turned right to head towards Ickenham via the Hillingdon Trail. If you turn left on the Hillingdon Trail it takes you further into the marsh and down to the A40 and beyond.
The final stage
The route is linear so there is the option to retrace your footsteps back to wherever you joined the trail. I continued heading towards Ickenham tube station to board a train back to the start.
It’s great to be outside in springtime and enjoy nature returning to life.
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