The Capital Ring: Osterley Lock to Greenford

This is the 8th section of the 78 miles (125 km) long Capital Ring. Most of the walks of The Capital Ring are through London’s green spaces. If you plan to walk all sections, I recommend this guidebook by Colin Saunders. This 8th walk of 5.5 miles (8.9 km) is an enjoyable walk along the River Brent, which starts combined with the Grand Union Canal towpath. The route starts at Boston Manor station and finishes at Greenford station. The entire route is well waymarked.

The walk starts at Boston Manor station, following Boston Gardens to turn left onto a tarmac footpath opposite Haslemere Avenue. Follow the road until you reach a footpath leading to River Brent. Turn right over a bridge to follow the path along the river.

Follow the River Brent, which so far is combined with the Grand Union Canal, until you reach the 6 locks of Hanwell Flight. Between the first and second lock you leave the Grand Union Canal towpath as River Brent follows a different course here and the route continues to follow the river Brent.

You continue through Brent Meadow, Brent Lodge Park, Brent Valley Park, and Perivale Park to cross the busy Western Avenue using a footbridge. With fences on both sides of the tarmac path, you pass alongside Cayton Green Park to a footbridge over railway tracks. Immediately after the bridge turn left and follow the road to Greenford station, where this walk ends.

Add the map below to your Google Maps account (click on the star), download the GPX file via OpenStreetMap, or download the map and route description at and let’s get outside!

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