Sudbury Hill to Brentford


On New Year’s Eve, my dad led a walk in London - aside from him and me, my mum and my wife were both there. The walk started from Sudbury Hill, a station we had used on the Capital Ring, and some of it followed the same route as those previous walks.

Sudbury Hill to Horsenden Hill

Sudbury Hill station has rather nice 1930s architecture.
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We walked across a small park (past a building site) and along some residential streets to Horsenden Hill.

Building site.
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Near the summit of the hill.
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The view from the hill was a little less than impressive, on account of the weather being rather grey/rainy.

Nice bit of railing.
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Pipe bridge, road bridge, and footbridge over canal.
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Industrial estate

The next part of the walk, along Bilton Road and Aintree Road, was through an industrial estate with lots more 1930s architecture. (You may be shocked to hear that this part wasn't among those chosen for the Capital Ring.)

Hillview Surgery.
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Side alley.
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Euro Sheet Metal Ltd.
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Back yard (of the Danly factory, I think) with pallets and chimney.
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Danly Die and Mould Sets Limited
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Side wall of Kewtube. (Tube bending specialists, apparently!)
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We then arrived at a very large Tesco, but not just any very large Tesco - this one occupies part of the old Hoover Building, another (rather impressive) 1930s factory. The old staff canteen next door has been converted into a very fancy Indian restaurant.

Restaurant (1).
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Restaurant (2).
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There’s also a quite distinctive row of shops nextdoor.

Including this Lloyds Bank.
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This is alongside a very busy road, Western Avenue.

Crossing by the footbridge.
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St Mary’s

Shortly after leaving the road we crossed into parkland by ‘the Ancient Church of St Mary the Virgin’. This is a rather distinctive church. It was closed, but in the churchyard we encountered one of the local volunteers who told us a bit about it.

Church tower.
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Statue by grave (with restored arm).
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Reflection in window.
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Actual view of church so you can see what it looks like!
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Viaducts and parks

The next part of the route ran across parks and residential streets, passing not one but two railway viaducts.

Leisure centre in one of the parks.
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Side wall of leisure centre.
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First viaduct.
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Church (another St Mary’s).
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Second viaduct (1).
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Second viaduct (2).
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The second viaduct is actually the Wharncliffe Viaduct, which was designed by Brunel and is quite well known (and impressive); I had a better overall pic of it last time so I didn’t include one here.

Canal to Brentford

We then followed the canal to Brentford, as night fell.

One of the Hanwell locks.
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Large warehouse with Skyline Roofing sign on side.
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Patterson building from under bridge.
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Another lock.
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‘Goodnight’ graffiti (by this time it was getting very close to night).
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M4 bridge.
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Canal footbridge with view toward European Metal Recycling yard.
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View under Great West Road bridge with Mum pointing the way up.
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After that we walked along the road to the railway station and a train home.

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