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A spring stroll around Eastcote House Gardens

The London Borough of Harrow is blessed with a number of fantastic parks and open spaces – all of which are perfect for walking the dog, taking a stroll or even enjoying a picnic. In this article, we’re taking a stroll around the beautiful Eastcote House Gardens.

Located in Eastcote (accessible by car, foot or by bus route 282), Eastcote House Gardens is a beautiful oasis of calm in our busy borough and is ground zero for what is left of the River Pinn.

Nature lovers are in their element in this stunning space which is made up of trees, grasses and flowers as well as an impressive range of wildlife.

This unique setting was once home to the stately Eastcote House – originally named Hopkyttes. In 1525, local landowner, Ralph Hawtrey, married Winifred Walleston and the couple made Hopkyttes their marital home; later renaming it Eastcote House.

A spring stroll around Eastcote House Gardens Harrow Online
Image: Nicci Rae

The house was later extended by Ralph’s son, John, and a brick exterior was added to the wooden structure – a timber framework which wasn’t discovered until the house was demolished.

Sadly, these days, all that remains of Eastcote House are two posts which can be seen either side of an information board at the site.

As well as being a great place for a bit of downtime, Eastcote House Gardens also holds events throughout the year including markets and seed sales.

For those feeling energetic, a special jogging route can also be found by the entrance of the gardens.

A spring stroll around Eastcote House Gardens Harrow Online
Image: Nicci Rae

However you choose to spend your time at Eastcote House Gardens, the convenient cafe offers a place to relax and socialise over a cup of tea.

If you’re looking for somewhere for a summer walk or picnic, you’ll be hard pressed to find a prettier place than Eastcote House Gardens.