The Crane Valley Partnership

Catchment Information

The Crane Valley is a major geographical feature in the west of London, providing a continuous belt of semi-natural habitat from Harrow to Richmond-upon-Thames. The catchment is approximately 125 km2.

The river originates in the low hills of west Harrow as Yeading Brook West and flows south to converge with Yeading Brook East. It then continues south, flowing through Hillingdon and becoming the River Crane at Cranford Park (south of the Grand Union Canal).

It continues its path through Ealing and Hounslow, where it is joined by The Duke of Northumberland’s River (an artificial waterway) at North Feltham, linking the Crane Valley system to the Colne Valley to its west.

The River Crane then flows southeast and east through Richmond, where its tidal section stretches for a kilometre before joining the Thames at Isleworth. The Duke of Northumberland’s River splits off from the River Crane at Kneller Gardens and flows north-east to supply water to the ornamental ponds at Syon Park. Sluices control the flow into the park and the River Thames.

The Longford River, another artificial waterway that diverts water from the River Colne (at Longford), flows south-east through Bushy Park and then into the River Thames.

Catchment Overview Map