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Southall

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Slow Ways linking Southall and Ealing Broadway, Harlington, Hayes, Hounslow, Northolt, Uxbridge, Wembley

England / Greater London / Southall

Southall’s seven Slow Ways are 86% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 5/7
and surveyed: 5/7

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Walk to Southall from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Harlington—Southall
Harsou one

Double check Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 25m Descent 20m
Harlington—Southall
Harsou two Verify me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
Hayes—Southall
Haysou one Enjoy me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Southall—Ealing Broadway
Soueal one

Double check Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 37m Descent 37m
Southall—Ealing Broadway
Soueal two Survey me Distance 7km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Southall—Ealing Broadway
Soueal three Enjoy me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
Southall—Hounslow
Souhou one

Verify me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 10m Descent 21m
Southall—Hounslow
Souhou two Verify me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Southall—Northolt
Sounor one Enjoy me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 17m Descent 24m
Southall—Wembley
Souwem one Enjoy me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 45m Descent 53m
Uxbridge—Southall
Uxbsou one Enjoy me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 37m Descent 46m

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Collective progress

77% of Southall’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

11/11

drawn

11/11

reviewed

6/11

surveyed

6/11

verified

15 people have contributed to Southall’s Slow Ways

5 people have pledged to walk and review a route

7 people have surveyed a route in Southall

79km out of 79km have been walked and reviewed

255km of reviews have been shared in Southall

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There are good reviews on the other routes that include parts of this route (Southall to Hayes and Hayes to Uxbridge). When you reach Uxbridge the route leaves the canal on to the A4007, which you can follow all the way towards the town centre....

Aamwalk

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At the steep Bulls Bridge you head west towards Hayes but soon turn off and go up a ramped walk way to join the A312 south (see photo), a busy duel carriageway, for a short distance before turning left at the junction and going into the northern section of Cranford Park. You walk south along the flat path into woodlands and then under the M4 to the main part of the park by St Dunstan’s Church and new park facilities that are soon to open, which will include toilets and café. You then join Cranford lane, a quite road, turning left and continue to Harlington....

Aamwalk

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I walked from Hayes to Southall on a lovely sunny June morning. (I had combined this with the Southall to Northolt route – and then a bus back to Hayes)....

Aamwalk

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This is a nicer canal walk than other parts of the grand union canal as there are lots of green spaces either side (which can be explored) for most of the walk and less urban and light industry. It is then a short walk to Belvue Park and you can follow the gravel path (photo 3)....

Aamwalk

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I walked the Hounslow to Southall route 2 on a mild February....

Aamwalk

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There were a couple of areas where the route could be improved, firstly by walking the nicely paved surface through Drayton Green rather than walking the southern half on a tree root studded path and secondly, on the exit at the western end of Brent Lodge Park, where the mapping is a bit odd, taking you through a narrow litter-lined path with a flight of stairs rather than following the main path out of the park....

GoodGym Sevan

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The tricky part this time involved a fallen tree in Southall Park - easily avoidable if choosing a different path in the park (the obstacle is visible from a distance). Another unexpected section was a closed path through Glade Lane Canalside Park - an alternative route for pedestrians is clearly signposted though....

GoodGym Kash

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There's a not-so-obvious path when leaving the golf course to emerge at Greenford Road - it doesn't look like a path and there is a flight of stairs at the end of it....

GoodGym Kash

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There are good refreshments at Heston - I’ve put in a photo of the pub which is on the route, there are also good non-pub refreshments a little off route at the Heston pools and fitness centre in Heston Park. (I tried out a route option through the park, but overall I think this one is a little more direct, and preferable in the section north of the M4)....

Jane Taylor

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Southall—Hounslow

Jane Taylor added Souhou two, a new walk from Southall to Hounslow

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I'm making alternative route option Souhou Two which will avoid the blocked footpath, and also uses the new pedestrian footbridge across the railway lines at Southall to give a quieter route at that end. Flagged as a 'maybe' for now....

Jane Taylor

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Souhou one

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From here, I walked a short stretch along a few residential roads, although there was a nice cycle path (photo #2) along the road to the Grand Union Canal. Instead of going through Wolf Fields Park, the route took me around it with fences on both side (photo #3)....

Derick Rethans

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- accessibility problem: there are stairs by the exit of the canal path part (going from Southall to Ealing): all the steps are tall, so they could be a problem not only for pushchairs and wheelchair users but also for people who walk but don't have enough knee mobility...

GoodGym Kash

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As mentioned in a previous review, there is a flight of stairs up to Elthorne Park from the Grand Union Canal and on the canal path, some of the tarmac is uneven or has tree branches running under the surface which will affect pushchairs and wheelchairs....

GoodGym Sevan

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Then suburban streets to the busy Heston Road, which takes you past Old Heston with beautiful church and Memorial, and under the M4. More leafy open suburban streets and another lit alley way to the busy Merrick Road....

Strider

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I live in the middle of the walk, so not best placed to comment on ease of route-finding, but as mentioned by another reviewer, when travelling East to West (Ealing to Southall), the two public footpaths across the golf course aren’t completely clear. The first golf course, direction of crossing is aided by the large “beware of flying golf ball…” signs – including the rear of the sign in the distance (see photo)....

Martin McHugh

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Compared to Routes Two and Three I think this is a poor choice as it uses the busy Uxbridge Road and Windmill Lane too much at the Southall end....

Martin McHugh

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Using Southall Park and Glade Park is far nicer than walking the busy Uxbridge Road and Windmill Lane....

Martin McHugh

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Sounor one

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The route starts at Southall, and then continues along it's busy broadway towards the Grand Union Canal, which it follows for most of the walk. It's a pleasant route to follow, with plenty of wild life and boaters to keep your attention, although it can get a little monotonous at times....

Derick Rethans

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Souwem one

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Perhaps it wasn't the wisest day to go out for a walk, with drizzle forecasted for most of the day, with only a sliver of hope for a bit of sunshine in the afternoon. As there were National Rail strikes going on, I decided to walk something in London, and opted for routes that I had never done, but were close to being verified. After crossing the A40 at Perivale the walk became a lot nicer with at least some greenery on the left, before crossing Perivale Park with its golf course....

Derick Rethans

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Southall—Wembley

Slow Ways Darren pledged to walk Souwem one

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Harlington—Southall

Jane Taylor added Harsou two, a new walk from Harlington to Southall

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I feel I may be being a bit harsh with this review, but having walked it I found the route drawing was a bit rough and ready, which meant having reached the Grand Union canal, I had to guess whether to walk along the canal towpath or the road....

Jane Taylor

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Soon I arrived at the entrance to Cranford Park, and a lovely green corridor, grass and woodland, with a good path, leads to an underpass beneath the M4. Then a little church, St Dunstans, by the Cranford Park visitor centre. Eventually the park runs out onto a small fairly quiet road which leads all the way to Harlington....

Jane Taylor

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Strider surveyed Haysou one

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From the Three Horseshoes there is a busy bustling High Street with bright shops....

Strider

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There is a new grit path which by-passes the marked route (red line on photo), the marked path is across rough grass but you get to see the layout of a 13thC manor and a beautiful church....

Strider

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I've included a picture of the correction, or take the path along the Uxbridge Road as shown on the Haysou route (the better option I think). The above part is along uninspiring suburban residential streets, the rest I've reviewed in 2 parts as Uxbhay and Haysou. Its mostly canals which some find humdrum but on this walk I saw: mandarin, mallard, golden eye, coot, cormorant - Kite, kestrel, crow, blue tits, wagtails - coral spot, jew's ear, turkey tail, birch polypore, field mushroom - oak ash, maple, Hawthorne, cherry - bluebells, dandelions, anemones, Blossom and purple orchid - and so much more....

Strider

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Variety of smooth canal two paths and the wide pavements of Southall Broadway and Hayes. We walked it in reverse and it was still easy to follow. It was quite quiet along the canal, only met a handful of people - all of who said hello!...

Slow Ways Darren

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Slow Ways Darren took this photo on Haysou one

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Quiet suburban streets give way to park land through the Bunny Park and then through a golf course to Southall....

Slow Ways Darren

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Great walk through Ealing residential streets and through the Bunny park and golf course. Only disappointing bit was the last km that was along the edge of the Uxbridge road. Would have been better if it had been through southall park for the last bit....

Alison Moore

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After walking through quiet Southall residential streets you cross a golf course between two ponds which was very wet after recent rain. Like Jamiekirk, the previous reviewer, I would take this road all the way to Wembley as it is a lively street with lots of interest, but the route as (poorly) shown takes you through quieter suburban streets and up a flight of steps to Wembley Central Station....

Strider

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Across the busy A4127 to the other half of the golf course, a small passage takes you to the A4020, a short section of busy road which takes you to the Three Horseshoes in Southall....

Strider

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A very practical straight forward walk between Hayes & Southall via the Grand Union Canal. Southall end is via high street which can be busy otherwise a quiet canal side walk. Paths are good and clear of major puddles and mud (our trial of this Slow Way was after a period of heavy rain)....

Philipj8

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The road through Southall is fairly big but the walking environment is pleasant, then most of the rest of the route follows canal towpaths....

mtormey

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Maybe because it was a Sunday morning, but the large road into Southall actually was pretty quiet and very comfortable to walk along with wide pavements separated from traffic....

mtormey

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This route mainly follows the Grand Union canal and there’s only one main turn to make at the canal junction which makes it very easy to follow. Good paths, nearly all paved, generally flat and no gates. Also note there is no lighting along the way....

miketalbot

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miketalbot took this photo on Haysou one

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Southall

miketalbot surveyed Southall

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Slight ammend needed - at Southall end I could not find a path to go left on Ranelagh Road, as shown on this route....

miketalbot

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Southall—Ealing Broadway

hicklingpaul added Soueal three, a new walk from Southall to Ealing Broadway

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Southall—Ealing Broadway

hicklingpaul added Soueal two, a new walk from Southall to Ealing Broadway

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The crossing of Northfield Avenue as marked isn't possible due to being through a construction site - would also be safer using the crossing slightly further North than marked. Also the final part of the route along Windmill Lane and Uxbridge Road is pretty unpleasant. Might be a nicer slightly less direct route to use....

jamiekirk

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Most notably there is a point early on where the path turns left on Longford Avenue before turning right to get to Dormer's Wells Lane....

jamiekirk

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I'm looking forward to walking this route....

SlowDaren

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danravenellison surveyed Souwem one

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Hayes—Southall

Tony Parsons added Haysou one, a new walk from Hayes to Southall

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Harlington—Southall

Slow Ways added Harsou one, a new walk from Harlington to Southall

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Southall—Ealing Broadway

Slow Ways added Soueal one, a new walk from Southall to Ealing Broadway

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Southall—Hounslow

Slow Ways added Souhou one, a new walk from Southall to Hounslow

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Southall—Northolt

Slow Ways added Sounor one, a new walk from Southall to Northolt

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Southall—Wembley

Slow Ways added Souwem one, a new walk from Southall to Wembley

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Uxbridge—Southall

Slow Ways added Uxbsou one, a new walk from Uxbridge to Southall

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Southall, Sun 21 July

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Southall’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ1283380399

Lat / Lon

51.51126° / -0.37543°

Easting / Northing

512,833E / 180,399N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Southall's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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