Osterley Park and the Grand Union Canal

JUL 04,2013 - JUL 04,2013 (1 DAYS)

United Kingdom

1 DAYS

Nature

4 July 2013.

Start: Osterley Tube station (zone 4, Piccadilly line.

End: Osterley Tube station (zone 4, Piccadilly line.

Distance: Circular route of 7.5 km.

Orientation: Easy walk. Any weather. Plan your walk during the days Wednesday - Sunday (summer). Complete your walk at Osterley House after 11.00.  The gardens - magnificient. The House - excellent. We recommend strolling at the park - during the late afternoon hours. The whole Osterley package is amazing - one of the undervalued attractions in London. A real gem. Lots to see in the house and gardens. Osterley has been used many times for filming (for example - Batman). I would recommend going when the weather is good as then you get to enjoy the park and lake, too.

Opening times Osterly House and Gardens: Adult Ticket: House + gardens - 9 GBP, Gardens only - 4 GBP, Basement + Gardens (Mon.-Tue.) - 4.50 GBP.

House & Gardens are open Wednesday - Sunday in summer, Saturday - Sunday in winter: 11.00 - 17.00. Basement - everyday: 11.00 -17.00.

Cafe and  shop open everyday 11.30 - 17.00.

Park open every day.

Directions:

Exit the station and head south toward Great West Rd (turn left onto Great West Rd). On the first left turn - turn onto Thornbury Rd (opposite the local library) and continue through the Osterley Park gate. Immediately on your left - you are supposed to see horses and cows:

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150-200 metres after the entrance, look out, on your right, along the park fence, for a metal kissing-gate and go through it. Walk along a path enclosed between wire fences. You are expected to see wild horses quite close to the right wire fence. Do not approach them - they might be aggressive. On your right endless wheat fields and in the far background - Osterly houses:

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The path bends, slightly, to the right and then, to the left. Keep ahead along the left side of an extensive green field until you arrive to a road. Opposite stands the Hare and Hounds pub at Wyke Green. Turn left along the Windmill Lane road. Walk 1 km. (passing after 200 m, under the the M4 motorway). Look on your right  for a path, beside a barrier. Immediately bear left and go through a broken kissing-gate . Walk along a narrow enclosed path. On your left an high wire fence bordering sports ground. At the corner of this wire fence - you'll see a warning of not passing the gate. Keep ahead through the metal gate and cross the railway line (looking, cautiously to both sides). Keep ahead to a road (depots and garages on both sides). Keep along the road. Cross a canal bridge and turn right downstairs to the Grand Union towpath. Turn, sharply, right to pass under the bridge and continue walking along the Grand Union path. That's the view, to the left, starting walking on the GU path:

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This section of the GU towpath is also called: Brent Park Walk. It is part of the Brent River Park. You are welcomed by a signpost " Welcome to the Elthorne Park". The following picture is typical to this stretch of the canal:

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Walk 2 km. along the path until you arrive to a series of river/canal locks -  the Hanwell Locks. Pass alongside all these locks:

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Now you continue walking passing under a series of bridges when the canal is on your left. Pass 3-4 bridges until you arrive to a white bridge with No. 204 (NOT 205 !). Turn right, search the stairs up, turn right again and cross the bridge. Keep ahead Mulbury Avenue road. In the T-junction turn left . In the next T-junction turn right along the lengthy Tentelow Lane.  It is a walk of 1.5 km. In the last 500 metres - you are in Norwood Green. Look on your left - until you see the Plough pub. Between this pub and a new-built residence project - there is a narrow footpath with a signpost "Footpath leading to St. Mary Avenue". Turn left with this enclosed path, cross the road and continue along the enclosed path opposite.

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The path continues, starightly, across the middle of a large field. On the far side climb a few steps onto a lane. Keep ahead and cross the bridge over the bustling M4 highway. The lane bends left. You'll face closed gates. Then, turn right  to a tarmac path, leading after 400-500 metres to the Osterly Park gate.

Now head to the Osterley House and gardens. You can skip the adjoining teahouse / restaurant - if you mean dining and having a real lunch. A bit on the expensive side.

The interior of the house is breathtaking, designed by Robert Adam for the Child family. It is a Lovely house with a fascinating history dating back to Tudor dynasty.

Osterly House - Entrance Hall:

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Osterley House - The Grand Hall:

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The Drawing Room:

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The Etruscan Room:

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Stairs to 2nd floor (Child family rooms):

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Yellow Tafetta Bedroom:

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The second floor is lovely and the interiors are beautiful and give a real feel for how life must have been for the incredibly rich (the Child family) at a time when people were starving to death a few miles away in the streets of London.

Osterly House - Child family rooms - A young child - picture of Margaret Carpanter (1799 - 1872):

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Osterly House - Child family rooms - Pastry Room:

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The stately, beautiful mansion sits on green lawns, beautiful ponds, and pastures. You don't have to pay admission for the general grounds, which include long strolls near meadows and lakes, and a great open field on which you can picnic. The park offers great walks.

View to the Osterley Park from Osterley House:

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Cedars and lakes in Osterley park:

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Poster advertising entrance to Osterley Gardens when the house was first opened to the public:

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Even if gardens are not your thing, have a good walk about. They are full of delicate flowers and architectural vegetable displays. There really is something for all. Thumbs up to the National Trust gardeners.

Osterly House Gardens - Dickies Border:

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Osterley Gardens - Tudor walled Gardens:

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Osterley Gardens - American Gardens:

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Cedars in Osterly gardens:

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