Go see something that will soon be gone – the countryside around Heathrow.
The London Spiral, a walk around London from the inside out, has reached its outer circle, and over the months ahead will be exploring those parts of Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex that melt into the edge of the metropolis.
- 11 Feb 2018: Enfield to Hadley Wood – done
- 11 March: Hadley Wood to Borehamwood – done
- 8th April: Elstree to Carpenders Park – done
- 13 May: Hatch End to Northolt – done
- 10 June: Hillingdon to Hayes – done
- 8 July: Hayes to Heathrow – done
- 12 Aug: Feltham to Kempton Park ** up next **
- 9 Sept: Hampton to Chessington
- 14 Oct: Chessington to Woodmansterne
- 11 Nov: Smitham to Biggin Hill
- 9 Dec 2018: Biggin Hill Airport to Knockholt
- 13 Jan 2019: Knockholt to Eynesford
Future flight path, how it looks today
This walk starts off a bit like last month‘s Hillingdon Trail, across marsh lands and meadows along the River Crane. But there’s a difference – the planes: they’re getting bigger and closer. This land will soon be gone, beneath Heathrow’s Third Runway.
In June 2018 the UK government announced its support for a new runway on the land to the north of the current site – https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/uk-cabinet-approves-third-runway-for-london-heathrow-449221/
This walk is an opportunity to gaze into the future, seeing what is there now, and what is coming, as the quiet countryside and flat grassy fields give way to modernism and engineering on a colossal scale. If you’re interested in infrastructure, join the walk.
Meet at: Hayes and Harlington station (train from Paddington)
When: Sunday 8 July 2018, 1pm
Distance: walk 7 miles to Feltham station (train back to Waterloo)
Walk takes in: old Nescafe factory; River Crane; the soon to vanish village of Hillingdon; close up view of the planes taking off or landing; Heathrow perimeter and security; environs immediately around the high tech airport.
Map showing idealised outer arc of the London spiral (black line), route walked (blue line); proposed third runway (grey line)
A look at the Bing satellite image shows there are plenty of green fields.
The London Spiral is a monthly walk, each one picking up the path where the previous month left off, and covering the land and geography of the wider reaches of London.