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Cranford Park To Bulls Bridge 2 miles (1.5 to 2 hours).
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- The walk starts at the car park at Cranford Park.
- Walk from the car park a few yards to enter the stables courtyard.
- The Stables Block is the most impressive and complete part of the remaining buildings of Cranford Park House.
- Walk under the stables block arch. (The southern links starts here to Thames Path).
- Through the small doorway on the left (to the west and north) are the extensive 17th/18th century walls of the Walled Garden. In the wooded area, there are many fine trees including Lime with Mistletoe growing on it in large evergreen clusters, Larch, Scots Pine, Hornbeam, Giant Redwood, Ash and Oak.
- Follow the path north under the M4 via St Dunstan's subway and turn right (east). Follow the path parallel to the M4 for 80 metres, then pass through a pleasant area of young woodland known as Dog Kennel Covert.
- On merging onto open land, continue north-east towards a bridge over the River Crane.
- Look out for Heron along the river bank, where Willow and Hazel occur. Across the river is Moat House Covert, denoting the site of the former Manor House of Cranford le Mote (13th century).
- Follow the river bank and bear north-west through a wooded area and the path emerges onto Watersplash Lane.
- At the junction of Watersplash Lane and North Hyde Road is The Crane Public House which serves food. Hayes main line railway station is a kilometre away and has a car park.
- Turn right (east) to the traffic lights, to cross North Hyde Road in safety.
- Up to the 1930s the road to Southall went through a ford at this point roughly opposite the end of Nestles Avenue.
- Join the footway onto the Hayes By-Pass opened in autumn 1992.
- As the path rises, the road crosses the Grand Union Canal and from here fine views of West London can be seen. Note the Canal overspill going into the River Crane; this prevents the locks further down the Canal from flooding. This watercourse is Yeading Brook to the north of the canal and the River Crane south of the Canal.
- Continue on the footway, descending to the Grand Union Canal tow path and turn east, through the motorcycle barrier, to Bulls Bridge.
- The Yeading Brook forms the borough boundary between Hillingdon and Ealing. On the towpath, look out for the British Waterways Birmingham/Brentford/Paddington signpost and the Interpretation board.
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13 Mar 2017 at 09:53