Crane Park - River Crane Walk
This popular, easy walk follows the River Crane through Crane Park in Twickenham. There are good footpaths running along the riverside with woodland, scrub and reedbed. The park includes the Crane Park Island Nature reserve where you can look out for herons, water vole, woodpeckers, kingfisher, dragonflies and damselflies. You'll also pass the old Shot Tower, evidence of the The Hounslow Gunpowder Works which used to operate on the site of the park in the 18th century. It's a nice walk for families or anyone looking for an easy afternoon stroll. Access is straightforward with the walk starting from Twickenham station.
The park is located on the London Loop so it's easy to extend your walk towards Hounslow Heath or Teddington. You're also very close to Marble Hill Park and Strawberry Hill House.
These can both be reached with a short stroll along the River Thames.
PostcodeTW2 6AB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Crane Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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There's an on site cafe where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk.
The woodland and river trails in the park are great for dog walking. It's a popular place so you will probably meet other owners on your visit.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend the walk continue north west along the London Loop and you can visit Hounslow Heath and the riverside Cranford Country Park. The nearby park is set on the site of the old Cranford House and still includes the historic 15th century church and 18th century stable block.
Just to the east there's miles of cycling and walking trails around the expansive Richmond Park. The historic Ham House is also located in this area.