Length — 80km (walked 2015)
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Brunel University London, I devised a route to link up the sometime campuses of the University. The circular route starts and finishes at the statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (IKB) in the centre of the Uxbridge campus — via the University’s former campuses of Acton, Osterley, Twickenham and Runnymede.
Since 50km was simply unattainable as a total distance, 50 miles was a next-best target (despite the throwback unit), and I was able to make the route measure just that. An alternative section to visit IKB’s final railway project, and a route between Chertsey and Runnymede offering an easier option for those who might find the vegetation on the original route a bit challenging, combine to add 17km of measured route to the project.
The route shares the Hillingdon Trail for some of the route between Uxbridge and Acton: other highlights include Gunnersbury Park, the Thames (including a ride on the Shepperton Ferry, if its schedule permits), Runnymede Meadows, and the Colne Valley.
Here are the sectional documents. We recommend that you read the introduction first: it gives context, and explains the layout of the individual sections.
- 1: Uxbridge campus to Charville Lane
- 2: Charville Lane to Southall (North Road)
- 3: Southall (North Road) to Wharncliffe viaduct via Brentfields
- 4: Southall (North Road) to Wharncliffe viaduct via Three Bridges
- 5: Wharncliffe viaduct to Acton campus
- 6: Acton campus to Osterley campus
- 7: Osterley campus to Twickenham campus
- 8: Twickenham campus to Richmond
- 9: Richmond to Hampton Court
- 10: Hampton Court to Walton Bridge
- 11: Walton Bridge to Shepperton Ferry (south side)
- 12: Walton Bridge to Shepperton Ferry (north side)
- 13: Shepperton Ferry (north side) to Chertsey
- 14: Chertsey to Runnymede campus via St Ann’s Heath
- 15: Chertsey to Runnymede campus via Penton
- 16: Runnymede campus to Magna Carta Centre
- 17: Magna Carta Centre to Colnbrook
- 18: Colnbrook to Uxbridge campus
- 19: Uxbridge campus to Runnymede campus, as walked by Nick Childs in 1980
There is also a complete route description in a single file (118pp).
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