WATERSIDE WANDERS from LONDON TUBE RAMBLES
All distances approximate. 'AW' = mainly hard surface, so possible in all weathers)
Alperton Grand Junction canal 2½/4 miles
Balham a potter round the lakes at Wandsworth Common, 10 mins from station
Belsize Park A string of large ponds/lakes at Parliament Hill Fields. These famous ponds are used for a variety of purposes - boating,fishing, swimming (one is even traditionally for dogs). 2 miles
Boston Manor Grand Union Canal with Brunel’s interesting ‘Three Bridges’. 5 miles
Bromley-by-Bow Bow waterways, tidal mills,
'cathedral of sewage’. 3 miles. AW
Camden Town Regents Canal, markets. 3 miles AW
Croxley Grand Union Canal and old watercress beds
Debden River Roding walk 3 miles
Deptford Bridge (DLR) River Thames, Deptford Creek plus excellent modern architecture. 3 miles AW
East Putney The Thames following some of the Boat Race course. 5 miles
Fairlop Fairlop waters - large sailing lakes with pleasant countryside surroundings. 2½ miles
Greenwich (Cutty Sark DLR) A historic walk by the old Royal Naval College. Royal Naval College. Allow a whole day. 2½ miles AW
Gunnersbury Interesting walk along the Thames. 2 miles AW
Hammersmith The Thames again, following some of the Boat Race course – many historic buildings along the way. 3 miles AW
Isle of Dogs (four routes, the longest 3 miles) AW
Kew Gardens Wander past the Royal Botanic
Gardens along the Thames for some beautiful views.
Richmond Riverside town trail – a full days outing. Strongly recommended. 3½ miles AW
Rickmansworth Rickmansworth Lakes and the River Colne – a long and relaxing wander. 5 miles
Snaresbrook Hollow Pond, Epping Forest 1½ miles, plus pottering.
Watford Cassiobury Park. Peaceful walk by River Gade and wetlands to explore plus Canal walk. Distances up to you! 10 mins from station
Warwick Avenue* Canal walk to Camden Lock, passing London Zoo. A really great walk, 3 miles AW
West Finchley Dollis Valley Greenwalk. 4 miles
*Sections of towpaths are sometimes closed for repairs (especially the along the Regent Canal) so it may be wise to check on the website of the Canal River Trust. Usually it is only a matter of making a short detour away from the water.
Photos: River Gade (see Croxley), Little Venice (see Warwick Avenue), Deptford, swing bridge, Greenwich (Cutty Sark DLR),Syon House across the Thames (see Kew Gardens). View from Richmond Hill
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These are just a few of the many fascinating things to be found at London Tube Rambles. There are architectural gems, beautiful country views, historic places and quirky buildings even in the most unpromising areas 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 to see more places to explore. You'll be amazed at what's out there!