Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve is one of the great nature spaces you are sure to be surprised to find in London that makes a great day out for you, your friends and family.
It was built on the abandoned allotments on railway land that had grown into woodland. They were at risk of being developed on by property companies, but people local to the area led a campaign that was supported by the London Wildlife Trust to ensure the area between the railway tracks was protected as a landmark.
Since 1983 the land was placed in the hands of Hounslow Council, which has been managing it as a nature reserve and two years later it was opened to the public.
The reserve is open at all times throughout the year, is free to enter and makes a beautiful pit stop on any trip, but if you want to see it at its best, we recommend that you head to the reserve in summer. Being outdoors is a lovely way to see London, particularly in a space of protected nature that includes secondary birch woodland, willow carr and a small area of acid grassland that follows the line of the former Acton curve railway.
This woodland is a stunning example of a natural piece of countryside in the centre of the city and if a Tube train does pass by, you’ll hardly notice it thanks to the beauty of the surroundings.
How to get to Gunnersbury Triangle
It’s easy to get to Gunnersbury Triangle from just about anywhere in the city, as the entrance to the reserve is across the road from Chiswick Park Station, which you’ll reach via the District line.
There are also plenty of buses that run to this area of the city; you can get the 440 right to the entrance or else catch the 27, 237, 267, 391 and H91 buses to the nearby stop at Chiswick High Road.
If you are going to be driving, there is neighbouring street parking available but make sure you get to the park early, as the spaces fill up quickly.
Accessibility at The Reserve
The park has accessible areas, including gentle sloping footpaths made from natural materials, and there are anti-slip decked walkways. However, there are parts of the reserve that are uneven and feature steep steps that wheelchair users will not be able to access.
Things to do at Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve
The reserve is regularly visited by school parties and around 1,500 students pass through this area each year, particularly in the summer, when they can work outside studying grassland, woodland and pond ecology.
From around April, there are lots of different species of butterflies to observe, including peacock and brimstone varieties. With illustrated guides you can spot the types and identify wild cherry, rowan and hazel branches.
Winding your way around the trees, you’ll be led to a pond where damsel-flies dance in the summer and you’ll see birds likes sparrow-hawks, jays and others.
Sitting by the pond is a great way to do some sketching or painting, if you’re so inclined to indulge your creative side. This can be a lovely way to spend a summer afternoon if you’re by yourself, and a painting makes for a great souvenir. Painting in a group is also a fun activity and it would be a pleasant way to spend the day together as a family.
If you’re swept away by how lovely the reserve is and you’d like to help with its upkeep, the local trust is always looking for volunteers to work for a day on tasks like clearing scrub and repairing paths and fences.
Volunteers are also on hand to give you guided tours around the area and they organise activities to enable children and adults to learn more about nature conservation in a way that is relaxed and fun.
What’s even better is that by being a volunteer, you’re giving back to an area that promotes biodiversity and a place where city people can enjoy the natural world. You’re also a part of something that generates significant achievements for nature conservation that are made possible on even the most modest of budgets.
Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve is in the beautiful area of Chiswick, which is an affluent and fun area in which to spend an entire day.
There are fantastic cafes and restaurants in Chiswick, including the Michelin-starred La Trompette, which offers a fantastic value-for-money lunch menu. In this borough you’re likely to spot a range of celebrities because it isn’t as busy as central London, making it a perfect place to have a low-key meal or drink.
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