Wemkil two
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By mtormey on 08 Jan 2022







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Wemkil one is fine, but I've always thought there was another way you could connect these two points that doesn't rely so heavily on the canal. This is a route that instead winds through residential neighbourhoods and parks. I'd be curious what people think of this one, too!

Wemkil one is fine, but I've always thought there was another way you could connect these two points that doesn't rely so heavily on the canal. This is a route that instead winds through residential neighbourhoods and parks. I'd be curious what people think of this one, too!


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Grid Ref TQ1819185092
Lat / Lon 51.55235° / -0.29668°
Easting / Northing 518,191E / 185,092N
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Grid Ref TQ2546483583
Lat / Lon 51.53722° / -0.19237°
Easting / Northing 525,464E / 183,583N
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19 Jun 2022 Spring

I walked this route from Kilburn to Wembley.

I'm a bit biased, of course, as I designed the route, but I was actually quite pleased with it.

I'd say it's about 50% quiet residential streets, 25% parks, and 25% local High Streets maybe? All are perfectly good for walking.

Queen's Park (the neighbourhood and the park itself) is really lovely. Next follows a perfectly good though slightly uninteresting stretch of residential street walking.

Next, there's the Harlesden High Street area, which was quite busy but I appreciated the activity and vibrant mix of shops, perfect for a mid-walk stopover.

The Brent River Park was surprisingly lovely, a real highlight of the walk.

Finally, there was another long residential stretch on approach to Wembley Stadium.

I liked that this route was pretty varied in what it offered walkers to discover, and I liked that it largely avoids large roads (except along commercial corridors, which I find interesting to walk along!). I like that you can catch occasional glimpses of Wembley stadium as you get closer and closer!

I'm almost certain that someone could devise a similar route that used generally the same approach but slightly different streets; overall, though, I think this is a perfectly good Slow Ways route, if you're (like me) a little uninterested in following the Grand Union Canal the whole way!.

Derick Rethans

26 Mar 2022 Spring

I walked this from Wembley to Kilburn. It's nearly all on residential roads, except for the stretch along the Brent River Park. WHen you set off, the arch of Wembley station is quite visible, although it is obstructed by new high rises for quite a bit now too sadly. Crossing the North Circular by bridge was OK, but as it was a polluting day, probably not great for your health. The route goes through Harlesden town centre which was really busy. It does have a lovely clock tower though. I would have picked a slight different route in Queen's Park (I know that area very well). The last part goes along the bustling Kilburn High Road, before ending up at the finish.

I have also walked Wemkil 1, which I much prefer over this route.

Jane Taylor

20 Feb 2022 Winter

Walked in two parts - Willesden Junction to Kilburn; Willesden Junction to Wembley.

There's several ways to connect Wembley with Kilburn - this one has some strong points in the way it connects a number of North West London centres like a string of pearls along the way: Queens Park, Willesden Junction, Harlesden, Brent ... It's also quite a good one for foodies if you are walking on a Sunday because there is a farmers market at Queens Park!

Also at Queens Park I found a lovely park cafe.

Paved throughout, some greenery at Brent River Park, otherwise all residential or busy high street. One bridge over the North Circular, it has ramps if you don't fancy the steps.

I had no problem following the route; a previous reviewer found themselves at the Swaminarayan temple, I think maybe they had taken a wrong turn somewhere as the route doesn't go past the temple (although a route which does would be good too!).


06 Feb 2022 Winter

A very residential route, taking in just 2 green spaces (Queens Park and Brent River Park). Some walking along very busy roads (A5 in Kilburn, central Harlesden, crossing the A406 on a footbridge), and a few busy 'town centres' with lots of people (not good if walking with dog(s) or pushchairs etc). However, for a very urban route there were some pleasant stretches of residential streets; the Neasden Hindu temple (BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir) and the Wembley Arch. Navigating the housing estate to the south of the temple proved impossible for me, and I had to find another way around. The rest of the route was easily navigable, with safe crossing points.

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