The Canal Feeder In 2013 Page Two

The route Continues to Ickenham

Rusilip Golf Course

The Ruislip Golf Course has a number of streams and small lakes and deceptively simple flat fairways totalling 5753 yards. It was opened in 1922. A short distance across the fairway green an accommodation bridge can be seen. The feeder follows the line of trees in the background. The public footpath (not the Hillington Trail) follows the right hand side of the feeder and the course takes one round through a small woods to another section of the golf course where several accomdation bridges exist. At least one accomdation bridge can be seen in the undergrowth along this section. Basically the feeder traces a double inverted ‘s’ route through this part of the Ruilsip Golf Course and the numerous drains that criss cross the site only add to the confusion in determining the exact course.

Route over Ruislip Golf Course

This view shows the feeder where it crosses a large part of the golf course. Many people think the feeder heads straight across this field, but in fact only part of it does. The red line indicates the approximate course of the feeder in this view looking southwards

Copse on Ruislip Golf Course

The route passes through another small copse before hitting the third golf course fairway. There is an accomodation bridge (foreground) and on the far side a gate leads to the ‘tunnel’ which is in fact a passageway under the Marylebone – High Wycombe railway embankment

Hillingdon Trail

Above: The Hillingdon Trail signs can be reliably followed from this point southwards. The gate and the ‘tunnel’ can be seen. 

Pedestrian Tunnel

Above: View of the pedestrian tunnel. The canal feeder has its own tunnel on the left behind the fencing

Curved pedestrian tunnel

The pedestrian tunnel showing the curved alignment

Canal Feeder Tunnel

The feeder tunnel looking northwards

The two tunnels under the railway

View of the two tunnels on the southern side. Pedestrian on left and feeder on right

Greenway to West Ruislip

Greenway Ickenham

At The Greenway is a large concrete bridge of a rather interesting but austere design. Marked by Hillingdon trail signs, the route crosses the road where one can see the bridge more clearly on the south side.

The Hillingdon Trail goes north west along the Greenway, but there is an unmarked footpath that squeezes past the side of the bridge and along the Ruislip feeder. This leads eventually back to the Hillingdon Trail at what I call the ‘split bridge.’

Greenway Ickenham Bridge

Bridge on The Greenway

Greenway back gardens

This ‘concrete channel’ is actually the rear of properties south of the Greenway that have built their gardens over part of the feeder’s channel

Greenway Garden bridge

At least someone has recognised there is a water route here and have their own bridge across the feeder. The footpath actually passes on the right, but I found it so overgrown that I had to walk on the bed of the feeder itself, which at this point was fortunately dry enough!

Overgrown feeder in Ickenham

Further south there is an excellent stretch of feeder channel, showing what must be the original width and profile. The channel can be seen easily from the unmarked footpath, but one must fight through brambles and branches in order to gain a splendid perspective of the feeder like in this picture

Cracked bridge on Rusilip Canal Feeder

This view shows the ‘split bridge.’ Not a Southern Stratford affair but rather a large and slightly elaborate affair.
This must be without a doubt the largest structure on the entire route of the Ruislip feeder. which must have carried a lane of some importance at one time. It has subsided, creating a large split down the centre. Thats why I call it the ‘split bridge.’

Coming out in to Ickenham Road

Atop the bridge we can see it is substantially wide. The split in the abutment is obvious.

The ‘split bridge’ marks the spot the Ruilslip Feeder walk re-joins the Hillingdon Trail, which is now followed for a good distance to the junction of Austin’s Lane and Glebe Road.

The Green Ickenham

This view shows ‘The Green.’ It parallels the feeder and if one is able to force their way through the brambles and undergrowth on the right, one is rewarded with views of the canal feeder in places, such as this rubbish strewn section, shown below, near High Road

Rubbish in the feeder
Coming out near the Soliders Return pub
Nearing Ickenham Road
The Green leads onto High Road, Ickenham, just a short walk from West Ruislip station. These views show the access route and a small car park. West Ruislip tube/rail station is a short walk to the north east. The feeder route (and Hillingdon Trail) turns right along Ickenham High Road.

Further reading

This actually concluldes the route of the feeder through Ruislip as it has now moved in to Ickenham. 

To continue this amazing journey please go to London Canals via this link where you will be taken to the next leg through Ickenham and on to the A40


This is an excellent piece written for London Canals UK but has been copied here because, much like the Canal Feeder, there is a danger that tomorrow it might not be there....indeed much of the canal feeder has gone and with HS2 much more will probably vanish soon.

I do not own copyright to it nor the images.