As you enter the pathway from the Northern end you will notice to your right a tunnel that brings the water under Gordon Avenue. This path then follows in a south westerly direction beside the stream, half way down the walk there is a footbridge that crosses over to the other side. Trees along the route include Norway maple, Holly, Yews, Oaks, Beeches, Scots Pine, Horse Chestnuts and Sycamore.
Over 50 years ago at the end of Sylvia Avenue in Hatch End, Middlesex there is an area of undulating ground called 'The Bumps'. It led to a foot bridge this was called 'The cattle Bridge'. This took you to Royson Park Road and in those days the Bumps was grassed over and treeless, this marked the end of London suburbia and the beginning of the open country.
Returning during 2000 the whole area is now wooded and the cattle bridge gone with a mobile phone mast in it's place. There is still open countryside at the end of the avenue with horses grazing, beautiful.
Originally one space comprising the house and grounds of Bentley Priory, a stately mansion built in 1775 with the distinguished and unorthodox Sir John Soane as architect, the two were separated when the house was occupied by the RAF and used as an operation centre during the Battle of Britain in the Second World War.
Visitors will find something to interest them here. Two hard surfaced paths are suitable for strollers and outdoor wheelchairs: the Deer Path, which runs north from Old Lodge way gate to Priory Drive gate, and the Weald Path that runs west to Weald gate. The grassy spaces and open glades adjacent to these paths afford many possibilites for picnics and sunbathing, while more adventurous visitors will see many uncommon plants and animals in the quieter areas. All that we ask of visitors is that you treat the site with respect – that includes not dropping litter, not picking flowers, not lighting fires, not damaging trees or fences, and keeping dogs under control.
Pear Wood lies North of Stanmore Country park and cuts across the Grim's Dyke the vast majority of Pear Wood is wooded, the dominant trees being beech, oak and birch with smaller numbers of sweet chestnut, hornbeam, crab apple, wild cherry, ash, rowan and Scots pine. Many plants growing below the trees are characteristic of ancient woodland, and are therefore not found in the majority of Harrow’s woods.