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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Capital Ring: Day 9: Greenford to South Kenton

The Grand Union Canal
The Grand Union Canal

This is a lovely little walk, though if you don't like climbing hills, you should probably give it a wide berth, as most of the day is spent either trudging up or sloping down. If, like me, you can't walk past a hill without wanting to stand at the top, surveying the view, then this is probably the best day on the Ring for you.

Horsenden Wood
Horsenden Wood

Public School

St Mary's Church
St Mary's Church

It's a fairly instant transformation from Sudbury to Harrow, a transition from two-up-two-down to a village that is synonymous with the public school that dominates its centre. Harrow feels like a privileged place, and as such it manages to stimulate both pride in one's country, and shame at the unfair class system. I went to school in a place not unlike this, and I still find it slightly unsettling to look at the grand buildings and delightful sports pitches, all wrapped up in an English village setting. The difference between my old school and Harrow is that I went to school in a rural village in Derbyshire, while Harrow is bang in the middle of zone 5; it makes the English country village feeling all the stranger, but for the walker it is a delight.

The only stile on the Capital Ring, onto the A404
The only stile on the Capital Ring, onto the A404