Osterley Park and House Trails

Improving our pathways for everyone at Osterley Park and House

Osterley is already a popular place to walk, run, take a stroll with the dog and for children to learn to cycle. With support from Sport England and London Marathon Charitable Trust, we are working to improve our circuit of pathways for the benefit of everyone who enjoys and cares for Osterley Park. By upgrading the surface of our paths and signage we hope to enrich this experience and encourage more local families to get outdoors and active in a safe, traffic-free, green space.

The picturesque parkland, lakes and mansion create an atmosphere which is unique in this busy part of Isleworth and Hounslow. It is especially close to the vision of the National Trust’s co-founder Octavia Hill, who fought for a better quality of life in London, through access to green space.

" The need of quiet, the need of air, the need of exercise, and, I believe, the sight of sky and of things growing, seem human needs, common to all..."
- Octavia Hill, National Trust founder, 1888
Enjoy a family stroll around Osterley's wider estate
Enjoy a family stroll around Osterley's wider estate

Welcoming visitors

  • We are undertaking 3.5km of improvements to existing paths and a new 500 metre section, creating a multi-use trail that starts and ends at the main car park. Refreshments and toilets are already en-route 
  • A new skills area for young families will be developed, in a small woodland space, suitable for kids to learn to cycle and gain confidence, creating a new home for our popular cycling skills programme
  • Improvements to the surfaces of existing routes into Osterley Park
  • New wayfinding signage for the cycle routes and orientation across site
  • £356,000 investment at Osterley
  • Part of a £4.25 million national joint programme at ten National Trust  properties in England, with Sport England and charitable trusts
Family cycling at Osterley
Family cycling at Osterley

Working with local partners

Last summer over 100 children learnt to ride for the  first time outside our historic house with The Bicycle Society - a cycling group specialising in teaching children how to cycle in a fun and interactive way. Together we hope to provide lasting skills and memories for children in our local area.

" The coaches are always passionate and enthusiastic; bringing an infectious vibe not only to their sessions but to Osterley Park as a whole. "
- Ed Hewison, Outdoor Activities Development Officer at Osterley

What happens next?

At Osterley Park and Gardens we love being outdoors. This is why we're excited that work is starting on the pathway improvements, to make this special place even better and so we can enjoy it throughout the year.
 
More information about building these paths will be coming soon, so watch this space. If you have an queries or want more information, take a look at our Q&A below, or contact us at osterleytrail@nationaltrust.org.uk

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