Hanwell parks and open spaces

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Boles Meadow
Managed for nature conservation as part of the Brent River Park. Victorian photographs show the area as an old grazed meadow. The site lies below St Mary's Church, which has been a place of worship since the 10th century.

Access: Church Road (follow footpath next to church)
Transport: Train: Hanwell, Bus: E1, E2
Open access
Contact: Brent Lodge ranger team
There is also a local walk around Boles Meadow.

Brent Lodge Park
Known by many as the 'Bunny Park', Brent Lodge Park is ideal for family visits with facilities to keep the children entertained. Includes the animal centre and the Millennium Maze - planted with 2000 yew trees to commemorate the new millennium. The ranger team base is located here and this is the main formal aspect of the Brent River Park. The site features Walk 8 of the Capital Ring Route.

Access: Church Road
Transport: Train: Hanwell, Bus: E1, E2
Facilities: Playground, café, animal centre, Millennium Maze, public toilets
Park locking applies - please refer to information at park gates.
Contact: Brent Lodge ranger team

Brent Meadow
Part of Brent River Park this is a large hay meadow next to the River Brent, extending from Brent Lodge Park and Churchfields. A haven for wildlife and an ideal place for quiet riverside walks and recreation.

Access: Uxbridge Road
Transport: Train: Hanwell, Bus: 92, 195, 207, 282, 607
Facilities: Nature conservation site
Open access
Contact: Brent Lodge ranger team

Churchfields Recreation Ground
Part of Brent River Park there is something for everyone here, whether it's playing sport or taking a stroll alongside the River Brent. Enjoy the spectacular views across to Wharncliffe Viaduct, which contains protected bat caves.

Access: Church Road, Manor Court Road and Alwyn Gardens
Transport: Train: Hanwell, Bus: E1, E3, 207, 607, 83, E8
Open access
Contact: Brent Lodge ranger team

Connolly Dell and Half Acre
Part of Brent River Park this is a place for quiet reflection, this rest garden in the Brent River Park was formerly part of the grounds of Dr John Connolly who was the superintendent of St Bernard's Hospice. A path leads through Half Acre, Brent Meadow and Churchfields.

Access: Church Road (follow footpath next to church)
Transport: Train: Hanwell, Bus: E8, E3, 607, 207, 83
Open access
Contact: Brent Lodge ranger team

Cuckoo Park
Unusually shaped like a horseshoe around Hanwell Community Centre. The children's playgrounds are at different levels on one side of the park, alongside an activity trail. A small statue of Charlie Chaplin commemorates his time spent at a nearby school (now the community centre).

Access: Cuckoo Avenue or Little John Road
Transport: Train: Castlebar Bar Park (Thames Trains), Bus: E1, E3, E11
Facilities: Activity trail, playgrounds, conservation area, football pitch, small rest garden, tennis court
Open access
Contact: Southall ranger team

Elthorne Park
A part of Brent River Park this site features an old bandstand and a large Sarsen Stone, excavated from the local area, which is displayed just inside the main entrance. Walk through into Elthorne Waterside and down to the canal to see an abundance of wildlife.

Access: Boston Road or from Elthorne Waterside
Transport: Tube: Boston Manor (Piccadilly line), Bus: E8
Facilities: Tennis courts, playground, football pitches (just behind the park), bandstand
Open access
Contact: Brent Lodge ranger team
There is also a local walk around Elthorne Park.

Elthorne Waterside, Lower Well Meadow, Well Meadow
Part of Brent River Park in the flood plain of the River Brent and the Grand Union Canal, Elthorne Waterside provides a sanctuary for wet meadow plants and wildlife. Popular for quiet recreation and dog walkers.

Access: From Elthorne Park - turn left at the Bambi sculpture for Well Meadow.
Transport: Bus: E8
Facilities: Playground, tennis courts, car park, football pitches
Open access
Contact: Brent Lodge ranger team
There is also a local walk around Elthorne Park.

Fitz Herbert Walk
Part of Brent River Park this is a pleasant riverside walk through woodland that follows the River Brent, connecting Brent Meadow with the Grand Union Canal towpath at the Hanwell Flight. Ideal for walking, picnicking and cycling.

Access: Uxbridge Road or the canal towpath
Transport: Train: Hanwell, Bus: 92, 195, 207, 607, N207
Facilities: Picnic tables
Open access
Contact: Brent Lodge ranger team

Hanwell Meadows
Part of Brent River Park this is a chain of canal-side meadows including Blackberry Corner, Jubilee Meadow, Trumpers Field and St Margaret’s. A unique area for wildlife and quiet recreation that is popular with walkers, dog walkers and picnicking.

Access: Trumpers Way (off Boston Road). Alternative access from canal towpath through Hanwell and Fitz Herbert Walk from the Uxbridge Road.
Transport: Train: Hanwell, Bus: E8
Open access
Contact: Brent Lodge ranger team

King George’s Playground
A small community park and playground, with a grass area and quiet seating at one end.
Access: Church Road (follow footpath next to church)
Transport: Train: Hanwell, Bus: E8
Facilities: Playground
Open access
Contact: Brent Lodge ranger team