TQ0473 : View across the northern Staines Reservoir

taken 3 years ago, near to Stanwell, Surrey, Great Britain

View across the northern Staines Reservoir
View across the northern Staines Reservoir
It is an amazing high-level walk between Town Lane and Stanwell Moor Road crossing the two halves of Staines Reservoirs, completed in 1902. In the words of Ian Nairn in Nairn's London (1966): "A footpath runs across a landscape which is magnificently absurd. The foreground is all water, twenty feet above the surrounding Middlesex plain, so that only the roofs of houses appear above it: a very unsettling effect. The footpath sets off undeterred across the middle, heading for Stanwell, full of birdwatchers - this is London's backhanded way of making a nature reserve. And over to the north, between the houses and trees, the giant tails of the airliners glint as they move around the London Airport perimeter track. The Middlesex landscape has been shaken up and remade by the Mad Hatter: and the result is some compensation for the twenty miles of building, most of it dreary, between here and Piccadilly Circus."

The walk is actually now in Surrey and has never never been in London and I have yet to see any birdwatchers. This view from the pathway is in the direction of the distant Heathrow Airport from near Stanwell Moor Road. For a photograph of Stanwell Moor Road and what Nairn has to say about it see LinkExternal link For the view from here along the pathway see LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 10 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Friday, 12 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Water resources 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0485 7337 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.9771N 0:29.5518W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0479 7305
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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