Fryent Country Park
together with Barn
Hill Open Space
is a large park situated in the north of
the London Borough of Brent. It covers 103 hectares (254 acres) of
rolling fields and small woods.
Barn Hill in the south-west of the park is a wooded hill that rises
to 86m. A fish pond is found at the top of the Hill. Numerous other
ponds can be seen in the rest of the park. Gotfords Hill (63m)
known as “Telly Tubby Hill” by the local children for its grassed
rounded top and Beane Hill (65m) are other high points in the park.
Parallel to Fryent Way is an ancient track known as Hell Lane or
Eldestrete which may date back to Saxon times or earlier.
The woodland comprises English oak, hornbeam, elm, ash and some
fruit trees which also occur in the hedges along with blackthorn.
The park is considered the best surviving example of Middlesex
countryside in the Brent basin and has a population of the
nationally rare plant the narrow-leaved bitter-cress (Cardamine impatiens
Barn Hill called Bardonhill in 1547 was landscaped by Humphry Repton
in 1792 as part of a local
landowner’s country park . The Fryent Park hay meadows are small
remnants of two manors one originally in the ownership of King Edward the Confessor
is bisected by the A4140 Fryent Way that
links Kingsbury with Wembley.
car park is available half way down this road. The nearest
underground is at Kingsbury Station on the Jubilee
terminates a short distance from the park. The Capital Ring
footpath crosses the site.However, the road Fryent Way, linking
Kingsbury Circle and Salmon Street lacks a much needed bus service
to transport residents and students alike around the area. The Barn
Hill Open Area, or at least the summit of it, is nearer Wembley
Ordnance Survey. (2006). No. 173 Explorer Map: London North.
Southampton: Ordnance Survey.
Snow, Len. (1990). Brent, Wembley, Willesden and Kingsbury: A
pictorial history. Chichester: Phillimore & Co Ltd.
Further details about wild life in the park can be found at:
[Accessed 3 August 2007].
The local management plan is at:
Barn Hill Conservation Group’s website is at:
http://www.bhcg.ik.com/ while their 2007 management programme can
be seen at:
Brent School Without
organises guided nature walks and
activities in the park for primary children, afterschool clubs and