The River Crane walk

Submitted by Timwoods on 02 September 2008
OS Explorer Map: 161 - London South
(23 votes)
A linear, stroll-(1-2-hours) riverside walk in England starting at Twickenham station, Surrey, about 4.4km (roughly 2.7 miles) long and suitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This walk in southwest London follows the River Crane from Twickenham to Feltham. The river is home to lots of wildlife, including herons and moorhens, with lots of squirrels in the surrounding woodland. There's also the Crane Park Island Nature Reserve to explore, next to the old Shot Tower. This route, which is part of the longer River Crane Walk, finishes near Feltham, where there are good bus services, and Feltham train station is not far away.
Start: Twickenham station, OS Grid: TQ155735
End: Feltham, OS Grid: TQ106733
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 24m (79ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 38m (125ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 14m (46ft)
Max. Elevation: 30m (98ft)

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OS Grid: TQ161736
From Twickenham station, cross the road and head over the bridge. Turn left into Court Way, and left again into Craenford Way. Carry on along Craneford Way to the end of the park, near The Stoop, home of Harlequins Rugby Union club.
About 1 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 1 OS Grid: TQ151734
Pick up the path heading along the edge of the park. This takes you alongside the river and under the railway bridge. Follow the path through the small nature reserve - keep an eye out for the wooden fox on the bench!
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 2 OS Grid: TQ147732
The riverside path heads through Kneller Gardens. Carry on through the gardens and cross the road at the end.
About 0.9 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 3 OS Grid: TQ139727
This tree-lined section of the walk is popular with dog walkers, joggers and squirrels! The well-maintained path all the way along makes it popular with young families with pushchairs as well.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 4 OS Grid: TQ134727
Head under the two low-hanging bridges and the riverside path becomes even more densly wooded. This is a good place to start looking for some of those bird species that live along the river. Visit the Friends of the River Crane Environment website for more details:
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 5 OS Grid: TQ128727
Look for the Shot Tower, an old gunpowder mill. Just nearby is the entrance to the Crane Park Island nature reserve. This wonderful hidden island feels is great for kids to explore, and you can paddle in the river ford at the far end of the island. Then, head back the way you came to the shot tower.
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 6 OS Grid: TQ124731
The path ends at Hanworth Road, with bus stops nearby. If you are coming by train, Feltham station is about 20 minutes away (head left and follow the signs). There are plans to improve the River Crane Path towards Hounslow Heath, but at present it's pretty overcrowded.
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Steve  commented on 03 June 2011
Twickenham Station
Hi, Twickenham Station is in Middlesex, not Surrey. The London Borough of Richmond is the only London borough to straddle the river with Richmond on the Surrey side (South bank) and Twickenham on the Middlesex side (North bank). And Whitton Station is closer anyway...
AndyG  commented on 22 November 2011
Twickenham Station
Middlesex does not exist. It was abolished as a county in 1965. Twickenham has been absorbed into the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames,along with the Municipal Borough of Barnes and the Municipal Borough of Richmond, both from Surrey.
MikeN  commented on 06 December 2011
Twickenham Middlesex
Everybody is right, Middlesex has gone as a county. even though it was retained as a judicial area of the London boroughs, however that was discontinued in 2003. Middlesex has however been retained as a postal district for Twickenham and although Twickenham is in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, it was not consumed into Surrey as a postal district so it is still Twickenham Middlesex. Long live the river Crane, Try following the whole river route on a map from the Thames to Heathrow and beyond and see where it takes you. If you can't walk it take your bike.
Colin Pearson  commented on 24 January 2012
River Crane
I am fortunate to live within close walking distance from Crane Park. I have just returned from a walk to the shot tower and then along the footpath to Kneller Gardens. It's a grey damp day but the walk changes all that to be a delightful stroll in a peaceful atmosphere!
Colin Pearson  commented on 24 January 2012
Crane Park
I have just returned from a walk up to the shot tower and back hone through Crane park and Kneller Gardens. The sky is grey but the walk was, as usual, wonderful
Catherine  commented on 21 May 2013
Who's been to Crane Park before?
I am just about to take a group around Crane Park from Ealing. What transport would you recommend and which way round the path would you recommend?
Timwoods  commented on 22 May 2013
Crane Park
Hi Catherine, if you fill in the public transport box on the walk (top-left corner) then that will give you all the public transport options.
c calver  commented on 02 January 2015
crane parks
One of the very nicest places to visit in London. I love cycling around here. The walk is especially atmospheric around dusk and night time. I hope it is extended. People who live around here are the luckiest.
Timwoods  commented on 05 January 2015
Extension of River Crane Walk
It looks like there is a further section in Hounslow Heath, judging from page 9 of this document: Unfortunately I no longer live in the area to go and investigate!
Henry C  commented on 21 July 2015
River Crane Extension
Is it possible to walk from where the River Crane walk ends (at Hanworth Road) further along the river to Hounslow Heath, or do you have to walk along the road to get there? Thanks
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