London, Midweek Explorers - Photowalk

23 October 2019

10:45 - 15:30

Jenny's Cafe
2017a High Streeet
United Kingdom


All comers£0.00 

In a repeat of last week's walk, we will take in a little history and heritage as the Mid-Week Walkers visit Brentford, a suburb in South West London.

In a change to the original walk, the meetup point will be at: Jenny’s Café & Kebab Shop, 2017a High Street, Brentford, TW8 8AH (More details below). We will meet from 10.45, ready to leave at 11.15 sharp. 

Today’s photo-walk will cover an area with some history - apparently a Mr J. Caesar was here is 54BC and there were some skirmishes in 1642 during the Civil War. It also is an area with a significant industrial heritage. Did you know that Brentford was once site to a port, with Customs facilities? The Grand Union Canal reaches the Thames here, and at one time a Isambard Brunel rail line from Southall was in operation.

We head to the High Street from the station, where we stop briefly for coffee, after which we go to the river – we can see Kew gardens on the other bank; here the river Brent and the Thames meet. We visit Soaphouse Creek, past the moorings to Dock Road, cross the Thames Lock (#101), pass under Augustus Road (what did the Romans do …) and walkalong the towpath back to the High Street which we cross to visit the Gauging Lock and Brentford Island Moorings.

Time permitting we can go further along the towpath beside the Brent river to the Brenford Railway Bridge.

We take a well earned lunch near the High Street.  Afterwards we return to Brentford Station via the tree lined Butts. 

Speaking of trees there are also plenty along the river bank near Kew and Autumn colours could be anticipated, and a variety of birds live on this stretch of the River.

Anyone wishing to do so can continue their walk along the Grand Union Canal to Hanwell Locks or along the Capital Ring to Osterley or along he Brent River Park Walk to Pitshanger Park!

To get to Jenny's Cafe from the railway station walk along Half Acre, past the Library/War Memorial  to the High Street, when at the Beehive pub turn right and the café is about 100m along the High Street on the right?  Alternatively one of us will be at the Information Board close to the exit on Platform 2 of Brentford Railway station until 11.05 to point you in the right direction.

Brentford station is on the Hounslow Loop, and the rail service from Waterloo is fairly regular in one direction, and from Weybridge heading to London


Image Brent River near Brentford Railway Bridge (c) Judy Hicks LRPS

Cancellation policy

This event is free but numbers are limited. If you do book a place and find you are not longer able to come, please let us know so that someone else can have your place.

Judy Hicks
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Region: London