Ride Level: Green - Easy
All Bikes | GPX Route | Traffic-free | Natural, Gravel and Single Track | 19 km/12 miles | 2 to 3 hours
Great collection of well-made gravel tracks linking together the Grand Union Canal and the River Brent through a staggeringly green corridor of West London with a tiny detour to (IMO) the most beautiful tiny church in the metropolis.
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Starting at Ealing Broadway (or Brentford for those from South of the River) the route crosses the manicured Walpole Park and through Lammas Park before passing under the M4 and joining the Grand Union.
Follows the Grand Union towards Braunston (a tinpot little village in Northampton but a canal super junction – Google it!) to the 1st Hanwell Lock where the route follows the River Brent for the next 5 miles on well made easy riding gravel paths. Look out for the Egyptian style columns of the early Wharncliffe Viaduct that carries the Great Western mainline high over the Brent Valley.
At mile 8 ¾ the route detours to the adorable Perivale Church, a tiny 12th-century white clapper board building that reminds you that not so long ago, Perivale was distinctly rural.
You finally leave the Brent, climb through Fox Wood before descending back to Ealing.
Start and End Points
Start/Finish: Ealing Broadway or Brentford
- Distance: 19 km | 12 miles
- Climb: 120 m | 390 ft
- Percentage off-road: 87%
- Trail surface: Natural | Gravel | Cycle Paths | Single Track
- Technical Grade: Green - Easy
- Mudometer - All seasons, well-made gravel paths
Places to Visit
5 miles: Brunel’s Wharncliff Viaduct
8 ¾ miles Perivale Church
Places to Eat
0 miles: Ealing is festooned with cafes and pubs
Is this ride for me?
An easy flat ride suitable for most riders and families
Is my bike OK for this ride?
The route can be completed on any bike fitted with all-terrain tyres