OYO Osterley Park Hotel, Great West Road (TW7 5NA) to St Augustine’s Church, Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith (W6 8AU)
Flat urban route. 5.3 miles approx. 2 hours 10 mins
WARNING: This stretch of the walk is a little more difficult, as it involves a lot of twisting and turning over major roads together with no toilet facilities for the first two-and three-quarter miles. A great deal more concentration is required to follow the route.
From the OYO Osterley Park Hotel, cross the Great West Road at the traffic lights in front of you, turn left so as you are walking on the opposite side of the road towards the east and London. Very soon you pass the high Anglican Church, St Francis of Assisi, on your right.
Continue further until you come to Syon Lane, a major junction with traffic lights. On your left and on the other side of the road is a Shell Petrol Garage with an art deco office block with a tower with a greeen top, (previously the Gillette European headquarters).
Cross the junction and walk straight on along the Great West Road on the right hand side, passing a Skoda dealer and various other office blocks, eventually crossing a small river, the river Brent. Look up to your left and you will see the imposing GSK Building.
After a little while you will be walking along the A4 with the M4 flyover above you.
As you continue walking you will pass a Premier Inn, (toilet facilities here are difficult to access) followed by a roundabout. Continue walking and, immediately after passing an art-deco building with BARRATT on the top, you come to a small road on your right called Clayponds Lane, turn into the lane and you will come to the entrance of Carville Hall Park South. Stay on the main path and you will pass Carville Hall House on your right and a large pond on your left. The path will eventually take you out of the park and back on the A4 for a short distance before turning down Lionel Road South which is on your right. (This short detour through the park will be a welcome relief to walking along a busy road).
Walking down Lionel Road South you will pass the new Brentford Football Club stadium on your left before passing new housing developments on your left and right.
At the end of Lionel Road South, you come to a T junction and the A205 Chiswick High Road Kew, to your right is Kew Station. Turning to your left walk towards Chiswick until you come to Kew House School, an independent school in a new red brick building. Use the traffic lights here to cross over the busy A205. As you cross, you will notice a road with a NO ENTRY sign slightly to your right, turn into this road which is Wellesley Road W4.
Continue to walk along Wellesley Road, which has mostly Edwardian Villa Houses, eventually walking under the Great West Road via the underpass.
As you continue to walk along Wellesley Road on your right you will pass a very good Fullers pub, the Pilot, which serves food and is open between 12 noon and 10.00pm. It also has toilet facilities.
Continue walking along Wellesley Road until you come to a fork in the road (with a small roundabout). At the fork you see a small European style café on the left, the Rhythm and Brewer, which serves excellent coffee, a clean place with toilet facilities downstairs.
Keep right at the fork, into Heathfield Terrace, with Turnham Green Park on your left. This route will take you past (the now closed) Chiswick Town Hall before emerging on Chiswick High Road. Turn right keeping on the right-hand side of the road where you pass shops, coffee shops, restaurants, and pubs on both sides of the road. The area is very busy with people! Continue to walk along Chiswick High Road towards Hammersmith when the road name changes to King Street, Hammersmith.
Continue to walk along Kings Street passing Latymer Upper School on your right, as you walk along you will notice the traffic becomes one way against you.
At this stage you are starting to come to the end of your walk along Kings Street. As you come to the end you should see in front of you a large office block and the Broadway shopping centre. You need to cross the road with caution walking alongside the office block, on your left. Bear to your left in front of the Hammersmith Flyover and you will come to a set of traffic lights that allows you to cross over the busy road to join the Fulham Palace Road. St Augustine’s church is a few yards up the Fulham Palace Road to your left.
As you crossed under this very busy underpass you will have noticed the Eventim Apollo Theatre on your right.
This concludes this stage of the walk. Picking up from here can be a little difficult, however, there is a pull-in space for the church car park as you approach the church on the left.
Walking instructions and route map for day 8.