Walk No 23 – from Harrow & Wealdstone, at the northern end of the Bakerloo Line, to Stanmore
Walk Distance 14.5 Kilometres (9 miles)
Underfoot Roads and country paths, mud in winter or after rain
Journey Time (from Central London to Stratford) 40 minutes
Getting Back to Central London By Jubilee Line tube from Stanmore
Points of Interest Harrow Museum, Bentley Priory Park, Stanmore Hill
Refreshments - Moat Visitor Centre Cafe, The Case is Altered PH, Old Redding
Opportunities For Shortening This Walk From Bentley Priory (Point A) you can walk directly to Stanmore
What To Expect From This Walk
The first half of this walk involves a number of suburban roads but the second half is entirely "green" with a nice mixture of fields, woods and parkland culminating in a visit to one of he highest viewpoints in London. Be prepared for mud underfoot especially in winter. Harrow Museum and the Moat Visitor Centre is the first real point of interest but this is soon followed by a lovely long distance view of the route ahead. At Old Redding the walk joins the London Loop and follows it to Benley Priory and Stanmore Country Park. Walking is mostly easy with a couple of steady climbs and a final ascent of Stanmore Hill.
Information on Things You Will See
Harrow Museum known as Headstone Manor & Museum, is the local history museum for the Borough of Harrow. It was established in 1986 and consists of four historic buildings. The Manor House is one of the earliest surviving timber framed building in London. Built in 1310, it is surrounded by the only surviving filled moat in Middlesex. The moat is as old as the oldest part of the building, and was probably constructed as a status symbol to reflect the wealth of the Manor’s owner. Other buildings on the site are The Great Barn, The Small Barn and The Granary.
Stanmore Hill is one the highest viewpoints in London rising to 152m (500feet) On a clear day you will see for 20 miles and the view easily takes in such landmarks as Canary Wharf, The Shard. The Gherkin and Wembley Stadium.
The London Loop is a 240Km (150mile) long distance circular path around London which runs mostly within the M25 Motorway. Its 24 sections make maximum use of London’s open spaces and parks.