London's Lesser Known Rivers - The Silkstream
The Silk Stream begins in Burnt Oak in NW London at the confluence of the Edgware Brook and Deans Brook which unites to become the Silkstream. The Silkstream then flows through Colindale and Wesr Hendon where it joins the Brent Resevoir (aka the Welsh Harp). In total Silkstream itself is approx 2 miles long.
Silkstream gives its name to a road & park in Burnt Oak. The Park is within the Watling Estate, a large local authority housing estate built in the 1920s. The park was one of a number of tracts of open space created through the estate, following the meandering course of Silkstream.
The Silkstream ends at the Brent Reservoir (aka the Welsh Harp) and is a 170 hectare of open water, marshes, trees and grassland only a few minutes from Wembley Stadium and Brent Cross Shopping Centre.The reservoir is fed by both the Silkstream and the River Brent , and its outflow is the River Brent. It is said to contain enough water to fill 3 million baths, and in 1994 when the reservoir was drained over 6,700 lb (3,000 kg) of fish were captured, 95% of which were roach . However, fishing is prohibited. The reservoir is also a sailing centre.
Below is a gallery of pics taken walking from the source down to the Brent Reservoir. Click on a pic to enlarge & then the right arrow on the enlarged pic to continue looking through the gallery.