Excursions along the Elizabeth Line

Hanwell Locks, and the former Hanwell County Asylum
Hanwell Locks, and the former Hanwell County Asylum, on the Grand Union Canal (Central section)

Wherever you live in London, the Elizabeth Line has opened up faster connections to new walking areas which capture the built and the green environments of London and the Thames Valley. The stations may be linked by walks through historic and modern streets, parkland, canal towpaths, and full-blown urban wilderness.

A walker covering the whole route will clock up about 150km, or a little more if detours are made to stations, bus stops or other points of interest.

North-east branch
Shenfield to Whitechapel (41.2km; 237m ascent)
South-east branch
Abbey Wood to Whitechapel (24.9km; 190m ascent)
Central section
Whitechapel to West Drayton (37.0km; 101m ascent)
Western section
West Drayton to Reading (49.3km; 137m ascent)

Since there is no longer any pedestrian access to the central area of Heathrow Airport, I have left the airport branch alone.

Jet d’eau in Raphael Park (north-eastern branch)
Lesnes Abbey Park (south-eastern branch)
Smithfield Market (central section)
Bankside flora on the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal

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