Beyond The End Of The Line - Walk Description
Walk No 11 – from West Ruislip (at the western end of the Central Line) to Rickmansworth
Walk Distance 14.5 Kilometres (9 miles)
Underfoot A variety of surfaces: footpaths, woods and some mud after wet weather
Journey Time (from Central London to West Ruislip) 40 minutes
Getting Back to Central London By Metropolitan Line tube from Rickmansworth
Points of Interest Bayhurst Wood Country Park, Grand Union Canal
Refreshments - The Coy Carp Public House (after 9 Km), Cafes in Rickmansworth
1. Use the pedestrian lights outside West Ruislip Tube Station to cross to the opposite footway of the busy B466. Turn right along the footway and walk for 250m. Turn left into an un-named road opposite a petrol station which is signed as a cul de sac. This is Clack Lane. After 80m it becomes restricted to walkers and cyclists. Walk forward along the lane and where it swings right go ahead on a footpath with a sign which reads “Footpath R145”. Ignore all other paths to L or R and, after 500m, reach a footbridge on your left. Cross the footbridge and walk across a field. At the far side go through a gap in the hedge and turn right on an enclosed path. Walk to the end of the path to reach the gates of "Old Clack Farm". This is the same start as for Walk 10. From this point forward the routes are different.
2. Turn left. You are now on a lane which passes in front of houses and swings right (twice) to join a road. Turn right and cross the road to a stile beside a direction post. The next kilometre of the walk is over paths which are less distinct underfoot but are clearly marked by signposts and stiles.
3. Go straight across the first small field and pass through an unusual antique metal gate. Walk through the next field to the top right hand corner. Turn right, and then, after a few yards, left through 180 degrees around the hedgeline to go through a gate into another field. Turn right and proceed with the new hedgeline on your right. You are now walking in the same direction as previously.
4. Go ahead through two fields to reach a stile in the corner with a small industrial estate visible behind it. Cross the stile, go up some steps and turn left. Cross another stile into a field and turn right as indicated by the signpost. Pass a metal bench to reach a gateway.
5. Cross a small track and go through a field gate. Walk generally down the right hand side of the field to find another gate with a green signpost. Climb the stile opposite and go left (indicated by an arrow). Cross another small field and emerge on a quiet road This is the end of the less distinct section.
6. Turn left on the road for 20m to find a clear footpath on the opposite side. Follow this until it reaches a fork with a bridleway to the right and a wooden gate ahead. Go through the gate into the woods. This is Bayhurst Wood Country Park. Follow the path along the edge of the woods until you reach an open space with picnic tables. The path forks here. Follow the right fork away from the edge of the woods and within 50m reach a track with “Hillingdon Trail” sign pointing in two directions.
7. Turn right and and go uphill into the woods. Follow this broad path as it goes over the brow of the hill and starts to descend Pass an information board and a wooden hut. Reach a car-track and turn left into a car park. Cross over the car park to find a path (with a central post) which goes ahead through the woods. The edge of the woods is clearly visible on your right with a road some distance beyond.
8. Continue in this direction for about a kilometre. Begin by ignoring several paths coming in from the left and then enter a section where the footpath is separated from the bridleway by a light fence. Continue on the path until it turns left. Instead follow a “Hillingdon Trail” sign into some woods. Finally climb uphill through a large open field with a hedge on your right.
9. Reach two stiles in the top corner and enter another large field. Walk along its top edge - at right angles to your previous direction of travel. At the far end follow “Hillingdon Trail” signs left downhill and continue through woods to reach a churchyard.
10. Continue beside churchyard wall. At the first corner, take the right hand of two paths. Go over a metal stile and emerge on the church access road. Turn right and walk up to the main road. Cross over and walk along the left hand footway for 500m towards the centre of Harefield to find a “Hillingdon Trail” sign pointing left (at Bird Lane).
11. Descend between houses. Cross a minor road and continue downhill. Climb to find a junction of paths and bear left. A lovely vista with a distant lake now opens up before you. Continue down to the end of the path and then descend diagonally across a field with the Grand Union Canal below you. After a short section of lane walking reach the canal towpath.
12. Turn right along the towpath. After 750m reach “The Coy Carp” Public House (recommended for refreshments.). Upon leaving (or simply passing) the pub ignore any “Hillingdon Trail” signs and carry straight on along the towpath for another 4.25Km to reach Rickmansworth. Your exit point is the first major bridge carrying road traffic over the canal.
13. Pass under the bridge before climbing the steps to the road. Turn right and walk to a roundabout. Take the first road right (Church Road) and follow it for about 600m until it intersects with the High Street. (Use the left hand footway which takes a short cut through the churchyard.) Turn left into the High Street with several cafes. After about 200m turn right into Station Road. Walk up to a T Junction and turn left to Rickmansworth Tube Station.