After a mile or so walking along the Grand Union Canal towards Bulls Bridge and Hayes I leave the waterway at the Bridge carrying Norwood Road from Southall toward Norwood Green passing the Lamb Pub on the opposite bank. I cross Norwood Green itself, a pretty viilage green, from which the area takes its name and refuel in the wonderful Plough Pub in Tentelow Lane before striking out along a public footpath which starts near the pub and across ploughed fields towards Osterley Park.
At the end of the footpath I join Osterley Lane and cross over the M4 Motorway observing the 'the tower blocks of my home town' as sung by Paul Simonon of the Clash. In my case its Heston not Brixton that I am perusing, however.
What I find so fantastic each time I do this walk is that beneath the planes flying in to Heathrow and next to the tower blocks there are still ploughed fields and a bona fide farm at Osterley. Gradually or otherwise so many of the green spaces that have thus far escaped the developer are being destroyed. It would be heartbreaking to loose this patch of rural landscape for me as I have played on it since childhood and still do now.