Harrow Weald Common
This area of common land in Harrow has some nice footpaths to try. There's 18 hectares to explore with woodland, heath and pasture. The common has a car park off Old Redding Road where you can pick up the trails. Head west and you will soon come to Gilberts Lake and Gilberts Orchard. You'll also pass Grim's Dyke, an ancient earthwork which runs for three miles between the common and Pinner Green. From the high points in the park there are nice views of Central London and the Chilterns. The Harrow Viewpoint on Old Redding is a popular spot and a great place to soak in the extensive views.
The common is also great for interesting flora and fauna. Look out for magnificent redwoods, rhododendrons and marsh plants like yellow iris and willow scrub. Keep you eyes peeled for wildlife such as red fox, muntjac deer and a variety of butterflies in the summer months.
The London Loop passes through the common so there is scope for extending your walk. If you head east you can visit Bentley Priory and Stanmore Common where there are more good walking trails to try. Heading west will take you to Oxhey Woods where there is a fine sculpture trail.
PostcodeHA3 6SE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Walks near Harrow
- London Loop - Also known as the London Outer Orbital Path, this walk takes you on a tour of the parks, woods and fields around the edge of Outer London
- Oxhey Woods - These peaceful woods near Watford have nice footpaths and a popular sculpture trail to follow
- Stanmore Common - This is a walk across Stanmore Common to Aldenham Country Park using part of the London Loop long distance trail
- Harrow Viewpoint - This walk visits the splendid Harrow Viewpoint in North London
- Bentley Priory - This circular walk explores the popular Bentley Priory nature reserve in Harrow
- Scratchwood and Moat Mount Open Space - These two parks are situated right next to each other in the London Borough of Barnet
On the western side of the common there's the 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
The Borehamwood Walk starts from the train station in the town. It visits the common, Aldenham Country Park, Bentley Priory and Stanmore Commons. It's a nice way of seeing some of the walking highlights of the area using public transport.
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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks page.