Three Counties Walk: West Drayton - Iver - Langley
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Take a leisurely stroll along this tranquil, linear, river and canal route between two stations on the Reading to Paddington line. Starting in Middlesex, follow in turn the Grand Union Canal, the River Colne and the Slough Arm of the canal through Buckinghamshire and finish in Berkshire at Langley Station.
From West Drayton in the county of my birth, 'poor, built-over Middlesex' as Sir John Betjeman lamented, the walk follows the Grand Union Canal, crosses Fray's River, then joins the Colne Valley Trail (though here confusingly shown on maps as 'Shakespeare's Way'). This pleasant, wooded, riverside path leads to Little Britain Lake. Crossing into Buckinghamshire, the route proceeds alongside the river, then diverts over the motorway, soon to enter Beeches Way and along a private road into Iver. Here is your halfway refreshment opportunity at the 400-year-old Swan Inn, or The Bull opposite.
Continue your walk by passing through the churchyard of the 11th Century St Peter's Church. Leave Iver, cross fields and join the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal. As you near Langley you should find a seemingly endless line of colourful narrow-boats strung out along the opposite bank. The walk ends at nearby Langley Station, though if you feel the need for further liquid refreshment, or indeed a meal, the Willow Tree pub awaits you just beyond.
Information for Dog Owners: most sections of this route should be ideal for biddable dogs, provided they are on the leash when crossing roads etc.
England - South England - London - Canal Walk
Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
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