This little area of woodland situated a few hundred metres behind Chiswick High Road is a real treat!
Gunnersbury Triangle is beautiful patch of Rural London that came into being by accident and oversite originally and then was preserved by determination.
The Triangle is bordered by Bollo Lane W4 and the District and North London line railways and is located almost opposite Chiswick Park tube station and entrance is via the aforementioned Bollo Lane.
Before the railways came, the area of the triangle was used variously as a gravel pit and orchards amongst other things. After being cut off from the surrounding land by the railways allotments were situated on the site. After World War Two the land eventually ran wild until it was decided by some putz that it would be a good idea to flatten it and stick some warehouses there. Fortunately this did not come to pass due to a campaign by local residents and the London Wildlife Trust, see www.wildlondon.org.uk/ who won a major victory against developers and in 1987 the triangle gained 'local nature reserve' status.
Today the Triangle is a wonderful retreat that is both small and perfectly formed. Partly due to the previous presence of gravel pits the geography of the site is varied containing hillocks, bogs, grassland, woods and a pond. It is amazingly possible to become lost for a minute or two whilst strolling about within the Triangle as one looses ones bearings amidst the peaceful woody enclave.