This walk visits the splendid Harrow Viewpoint in North London. From here you can pick up the London Loop and visit the adjacent Harrow Weald Common and the nearby Bentley Priory.
Start the walk from Harrow Viewpoint car park on Old Redding Road. There's ample parking with fine views over North London to enjoy. From here you can pick up the London Loop footpath and follow it north to the common. Here you'll find woodland, heath and pasture with redwoods, rhododendrons and marsh plants like yellow iris and willow scrub.
The path continues to Bentley Priory Nature Reserve where you'll find ancient woodland, grassland, scrub, wetland, streams and a lake. The grounds surround Bentley Priory, an eighteenth to nineteenth century stately home and deer park.
To extend the walk you can continue along the London Loop to Aldenham Country Park where there's a nice path along the lake.
PostcodeHA3 6SQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Harrow Viewpoint Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Harrow Viewpoint Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Harrow Viewpoint OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Harrow Viewpoint Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just to the north there's the historic Grim's Dyke Hotel for some post walk refreshment. The hotel includes the Library Bar where you can enjoy light bites, sandwiches and cakes. It's a lovely spot with the bar overlooking the hotel's gardens, terrace and croquet lawn.
The 19th-century Tudor-style country house is located in the former home of Sir William Gilbert. Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for his collaboration with composer Arthur Sullivan, which produced fourteen comic operas including The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the south is the historic Harrow On The Hill. The village is an interesting place for a walk with a noteworthy 11th century church and the famous 17th century public school to explore. There are also great views over London from the elevated position of the ancient church on the hill.