3.5 of 5 (65 votes)

The River Crane walk

A leisurely walk (riverside) starting and finishing in Surrey, England, about 4.40km (2.73 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:15h. It is suitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 11m (36ft)
Descent 2m (6ft)
Max. Elevation 30m (98ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 13m (42ft)
Twickenham station
Distance 4.40km
Duration ~1:15h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 02 Sep 2008
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.

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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.
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 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid TQ147732
The riverside path heads through Kneller Gardens. Carry on through the gardens and cross the road at the end.
About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
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 0.94 km (~0.58 miles) from
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: www.force.org.uk
About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
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 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
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.
About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from

11 comments... join the discussion!

12 Apr 2020
River Crane Walk From Twickenham Station

There is now (since 2018) a footpath across the road from Twickenham Station along the river avoiding the roads - Twickenham Rough.

Henry C
21 Jul 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

05 Jan 2015
Extension Of River Crane Walk

It looks like there is a further section in Hounslow Heath, judging from page 9 of this document: www.hounslow.gov.uk/park_walks.pdf Unfortunately I no longer live in the area to go and investigate!

c calver
02 Jan 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.

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.

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?

Colin Pearson
24 Jan 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

Colin Pearson
24 Jan 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!

06 Dec 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.

22 Nov 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.

04 Jun 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...

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