Capital Ring 9 and 10: Sudbury Hill to Hendon


This is another walk on the Capital Ring long-distance path. Unlike last time, our journey to the start went as planned (except for having to wait twenty minutes for the appropriate flavour of Piccadilly Line train, due to a signal failure somewhere). The weather was dry but overcast.


We resumed the walk from Sudbury Hill station, passing along residential streets and beside public playing fields to Harrow.

Pumping station.
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Harrow is the location of a famous private school. We didn‘t see any pupils wearing silly hats; probably their term had finished already.

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The best building-with-a-lion-on that we saw that day.
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At £12,050 per term you‘d think they could tell an apostrophe and a comma apart.
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After following a path downhill and between the school‘s playing fields, we took a slightly less manicured public footpath that run beside Northwick Park Hospital and then by a golf course.

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Not my chicken box.
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An impressive structure, considering it‘s only meant to stop a few golf balls.
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The path was a little overgrown in places, but not enough to cause us any real problems. We stopped in Northwick Park to eat lunch, watching trains pass on the West Coast Main Line.

South Kenton

We crossed under the railway using the subway for South Kenton station.

The delights of South Kenton.
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Distinctive pub ’The Windermere‘ (which is also visible from the train).
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We walked through a park and along a couple more residential streets to Preston Road, passing the railway station of the same name.

Gateway off Preston Road.
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The next street had a number of rounded Thirties-style houses, some of which looked rather dillapidated. At the main road we passed under a railway bridge and along another street to reach the edge of the Fryend Country Park open space.

Hollow tree in woods.
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Scraggly tree.
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Our route climbed through woods past a pond to a viewpoint (of sorts - there were only a few breaks in the trees but you could at least see Wembley Stadium). Then down the other side of the hill, across a main road, along hedgerows and up another, less wooded hill. Here, the sun came out for the first time.

Signpost and the Wembley arch in the background (if you look carefully).
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After this the path zigzagged through streets for some distance before reaching St. Andrew‘s Church. The church has an interesting history; the current one was originally built in 1847 in the Marylebone area of London, then demolished and rebuilt in its current location. Meanwhile the previous church, which is much smaller and was built in the 12th or 13th century, still stands and has apparently now been leased to the Romanian Orthodox Church.

New church.
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Graveyard (rather overgrown).
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Old church bell-tower.
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Welsh Harp

The last major feature of this walk was Brent Reservoir, also known as Welsh Harp. I was confused by the name (it isn‘t especially harp-shaped) but Wikipedia says it‘s named after a nearby pub, which closed in the 70s. The reservoir was built to provide water for the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal.

Western end of reservoir.
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Lakeside tree.
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Central area.
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Construction and northeastern tip of reservoir.
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We next had to walk a rather long way along a residential street.

Wall and gates.
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Finally we crossed over yet another railway line and followed the edge of a park to reach the road near Hendon Central tube station, the end of this stage.

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