This is a short urban walk exploring the 'lost landscapes of Middlesex'. I was recently introduced to a secret park which I never knew about, and realised this must be the summit of the original Sudbury Hill before it was swallowed up under the tide of suburban housing. The walk visits Elm Park and also takes you past the Harrow School sports fields. It starts and finishes near Harrow School, Harrow-on-the-Hill.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) The route starts near the top of Harrow Hill at the junction of London Road and Roxeth Hill.
Walk downhill: Roxeth Hill becomes Sudbury Hill.
(1) Turn right when you get to South Hill Avenue. Just across to your left here is a signposted bridle path officially know as Green Lane but known to locals as 'Piggy Lane'. This is an ancient wooded track which you follow to Sudbury Hill.
(2) At the bottom of the road turn left and walk along South Vale to join Greenford Road. Cross the railway line to your right. Turn left into Rosebank Avenue. You are now sandwiched between two railway lines. Follow Rosebank Avenue and then Maybank Avenue until you reach Harrow Road.
(3) Cross the road into Elms Lane and keep left.
(4) Look out for the entrance to Elmwood Park on your left. It is a fairly steep climb to the top of the park but well worth it for the views from the summit. The park is small, and is known locally as 'The Pimple'! Exit the park onto Sudbury Court Drive. Turn right along Sudbury Court Drive, crossing this busy dual carriageway when you can.
(5) Turn left into Mulgrave Road. This will take you on to Pebworth Road, where the signposted entrance to the bridle path back up to Harrow Hill is just ahead of you. A steep climb up Football Lane takes you on to Peterborough Road, where you go left for rejoining your starting point.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 374ft - Harrow Hill
1 : mi 0.31 - alt. 322ft - Green Lane
2 : mi 0.58 - alt. 210ft - South Vale
3 : mi 1.57 - alt. 194ft - Harrow Road
4 : mi 1.93 - alt. 240ft - Entrance to Elmwood Park
5 : mi 2.41 - alt. 249ft - Mulgrave Road
D/A : mi 3.88 - alt. 374ft - Harrow Hill
The public right of way which crosses the Harrow School Estate from Pebworth Road to Football Lane can be muddy at times.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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