The LOOP - Walk 5
Hatton Cross to Harefield West
Section 10 starts at Hatton Cross and for the most part follows the River Crane. Heading north you pass through Cranford Park which was where the Berkeley family had their ancestral home from 1618-1918, in Cranford Manor House. The house was demolished in 1945 and in the 1950s the remains of the estate became a public country park. Fragments of the former landscape still remain including the stable block, part of a Ha-Ha (sunken boundary wall and ditch), crinkle-crankle wall, walled garden and icehouse. This section ends by coming off the River Crane and joining the towpath of the Grand Union Canal.
Section 11 mainly follows the Grand Union Canal, which is the longest single canal in Britain joining Birmingham and London in a 137 mile stretch (possibly a future walk idea there...). Along the route you pass through Stockley Park which was created in the 1980s from old brickfields but is now home to a business park, country park and golf course.
You come off the main Grand Union onto the picturesque 'Slough Arm' of the canal which is a five mile branch and was used to transport bricks from the brickfields in the area. Sadly coming off the canal branch you enter into the Colne Valley Regional Park, which is a 27,500 acre (43 square mile) area of parkland, green space and reservoirs alongside the River Colne.
Section 12 joins back with and continues alongside the Grand Union Canal and is dominated by water making it the bluest section of the whole LOOP walk.
Distance: around 16 miles (including the walk from the station).