SUDBURY HILL Piccadilly line (Uxbridge) LONDON TUBE RAMBLES
This little potter takes you to Grove Farm Nature Reserve, a surprisingly quiet expanse of woodland, streams and grassland less than ten minutes away from the station.
To reach it, turn right out of the Tube and shortly go through an archway which leads to the David Lloyd sports club. Follow the pleasant lane* past a nursery (children, not plants) and when you reach the sports club, bear left down a narrow path. Ignore the first metal gate that leads to a picnic area, and enter the woodland via a second, identical, gate a couple of minutes further along the lane.
The way is quite steep and has widely-spaced wooden steps, so it is not really suitable for buggies etc .Please take care not to trip - odd bits and pieces of wood abound. When you reach a junction take the right hand path which eventually meanders over a stream. A few yards to the right is a narrow track. Follow this up the hill until you get to a crossroads with a view of grassland ahead. Take the left-hand downward path (wooden steps again) and get back to the lane by taking the first turning on the right, which is in fact the one you came in by. There are, of course, a variety of other ways to explore the area, but I found this one particularly pleasant.
Would be a bit slippery in wet weather.
*Sadly, for years the upper part of this lane has been strewn with rubbish, a problem which Ealing Council still have to address.
This is just one walk from the many to be found at London Tube Rambles. There are architectural gems, beautiful country views, historic places and quirky buildings to be found in the area covered by the outer London Underground stations. Usually the discoveries are within a mile of the Tube - often only five minutes walk away. If you reached this as an individual page via a search engine, you might like to click on the link above and see the other destinations explored. You'll be amazed at what's out there!