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New Yellow Walk for 2019

A new self-guided walk called the ‘Yellow Walk’ was completed in 2019. This walk is the fourth in the series of coloured walks through Ruislip Woods that are designed to be bus stop to bus stop walks enabling you to explore leaving the car behind and without having to retrace your steps if you don’t want to.

This is the longest of the walks at 6 miles and starts in Ruislip by the Duck Pond at Manor Farm and takes you through all four woods and on into Harefield ending at the Anzac memorial at St Mary’s Church, Harefield. There are yellow arrows on posts to mark the way. This walk has taken a while to put together and we would like to thank both the Ramblers Association and Tesco Bags of Help for their financial help with design and printing, We were also helped by many other generous souls who gave their time and expertise to enable us to research and publish and we thank them all and hope that you enjoy exploring the walk in different seasons. We are especially indebted to Mark Morgan and David Duncan for their hard work coordinating the project, walking and re-walking the route and Richard Hutton who put in the new marker posts with yellow arrows.

Ruislip Woods Yellow Route – click here to download leaflet.
St Martins Church, Ruislip to St Mary's Church, Harefield.
This walk can take over 3 hours to complete.

The original self guided walks, which are much shorter, follow.

More Self Guided Walks

Since 2004 the London Borough of Hillingdon (LBH) have created three walks through Ruislip Woods.

The first requirement is that each walk starts at a regular bus stop and ends at another. As the buses also call at or near underground stations, it should be possible for just about anyone in London to reach the routes on public transport without much difficulty.

The second requirement is that the walk is easy and interesting. There are a few gradients on some walks and the White Route (St Vincents Hospital site to Bury Street) is definitely easier and quicker to walk north to south than vice versa. Along the way obstacles have been removed, surfaces improved to remove impassable muddy sections and the occasional bench seat has been installed.

The third requirement is that they take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.

The walks are as follows, each has a leaflet that you can download and print out.
These can all be found on the LBH website on the page Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve

Ruislip Woods Red Route
From Wiltshire Lane to Reservoir Road (Lido car park)
Accessible by Bus Route H13

Ruislip Woods Blue Route
From Six Bells Pub to top of Ducks Hill Road
Accessible by Bus Route 331

Ruislip Woods White Route
Wiltshire Lane to Bury Street
Accessible by bus route H13

For a longer, circular route, with a little adaptation you can start at the Lido and do the White Route in reverse, followed by the Red Route to return.



The photograph shows a Purple Emperor butterfly and was taken in Copse Wood by Dick Middleton.

Guided Walks Organised by Ruislip Woods Trust

The Trust organises a number of guided walks throughout the year. Our newsletter contains details of these guided walks; for details of how to receive this please see Join the Friends. Any non-members who want to join a guided walk should first contact secretary@ruislipwoodstrust.org.uk to ensure we are aware of numbers in advance.

The guided walks currently available are :

New Year's Day Walk

The New Year's Day walk has become a popular annual event, it has also been called "three woods and two hills". It starts at the Woodland Centre by the Beach at Ruislip Lido and is led by a local expert who points out areas of Natural History along the way. The walk takes about 2 hours and there is a stop in one of the Woods for hot minced pies and mulled wine or soft drinks. After the refreshments the walk continues to the car park at Ruislip Lido where it ends.

Conditions are usually very wet, so you will need stout walking shoes.

There is a charge to cover the cost of refreshments.

It is particulary important that non-members wishing to join this walk should first contact secretary@ruislipwoodstrust.org.uk to ensure we provide sufficient refreshments.

Bat Walks

A number of bat walks take place each year, for more specific details see Events.

Numbers are restricted on this walk because too large a group of people can make it difficult to hear the bats.

The walk starts from the Woodland Centre and begins with a talk about bats. It is accompanied by experts who bring bat detectors.

For those interested in bats, please get in touch with the secretary so we can put you on our list to receive information about other bat events organised throughout the year.

See also Bat Project

Ruislip Woods Festival Guided Walks

A number of walks are organised on the day of the Festival in May. For more specific details see Events near to the time.

Autumn Fungus Foray
Razor Strop Fungus Previously, Fungus Foray walks took place in October. The walks were led by a local expert Colin Bowlt and in 2009 we saw some spectacular Razor Strop Fungi.

For more specific details of the date, see Events near to the time.




Nature Walks and Talks Organised by Ruislip and District Natural History Society

Any members of the Friends of Ruislip Woods are able to attend the walks offered by Ruislip and District Natural History Society.

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