Hounslow Heath (also known as Hounslow Heath Nature Reserve, Hounslow Heath Golf Course)9369

Greater London, Greater London, England

Brief Description

Hounslow Heath, one of London's largest statutory nature reserves, is the last remnant of the vast heath that once covered this area. In 1977 a golf course was established on the west, the remainder maintained for nature conservation and recreation.

History

The heath was created in the C13th when a stretch of royal forest between Hounslow and Staines was cut down. Although Henry VIII still hunted here in the C16th over 1700 hectares was commonland. The Heath became a place of military musters and a haunt of footpads, which brought it an evil reputation. It was not enclosed until between 1789 - 1819 in a series of Acts when land was parcelled out. Part of the area in the north was acquired by the government for military training in 1800. In the 1920s the first commercial air service was established on the east side and there were allotments and market gardens on the west.

Visitor Facilities

Opening is unrestricted. Car park open 7.30am - dusk.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Opening is unrestricted. Car park open 7.30am - dusk.

Directions

Rail: Feltham then bus. Bus: 116, 117, 235, 237, H23