Ian777
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Heathrow Photography And Parking

Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:55 pm

Hi,

I am planning on going to Heathrow to take many photos pretty soon and with it being my first time there I seeking some advice. I was originally going to book in to a hotel over night, but I have decided against that to try and keep the cost down. Is there any places you can park for the day near the 27's or within walking distance at least ? I was going to park on Cains lane but I have read that you can be wheel clamped down there now ? I dont mind paying for the parking too. I plan on arriving there around 8.00 am and leaving around 20.00 pm. Any advice on the parking situation would be very much appreciated indeed.

Ian Marsh.
 
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RE: Heathrow Photography And Parking

Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:40 am

Hi Ian,

You can park in Cains lane as long as you park on the left hand side (the side with the houses) with no wheels on the pavement. It's some silly old law which has surfaced again. From there, its like a 1 minute walk to Myrtle Ave (27L). If they are landing on 27R then Myrtle Ave or the football field (just down the road) are fine. If they are on 27R, you can either walk from Cains (about 25mins) or park in the visitor centre car park (£1 an hour) which is next to the Renaissance hotel for reference. Dont par in the Mc Donalds car park that is just behind because they are wise to it and there is something like an £80 fine. If they are on 09R takeoffs, you can still park in Cains lane and walk back down away from the airport, cross the road and down a pathway and if you go far enough down there, you can get some 09 Banking shots:


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For 09L arrivals... when you exit the M25 and take the Heathrow exit, the first roundabout you come to take the first exit which will take you past T5, under a bridge and there are cars parked on the pavement on the left. Its quite a large kerb but its fine if you take it slow... Failing that, there is a roundabout just after that and if you take the Third exit (last one) and you can park in the village.

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RE: Heathrow Photography And Parking

Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:19 pm

Hi LGW340,

Many thanks for the advice and help, very much appreciated indeed. I dont have a set date to speak off as to when I am going to take the trip down to Heathrow. What I dont want to do is travel down there and the weather is a bit hit and miss. Every month in work I am off for a long weekend, 4 days (Fri to Mon) so each time this comes round and its nice bright sunny weather I will take the trip down there. Probably May or June. In the meantime I will have to contimue to doge the rain and grey skies at Manchester (EGCC). Once again many thanks for the advice, it has been a huge help to me.

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RE: Heathrow Photography And Parking

Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:29 pm

Hi,

I just wanted to echo LGW340's comments - you should not have any problems in the Myrtle Lane / Cains Avenue area so long as you park considerately.

If they are landing on 27L and the weather isn't too good, I prefer to go to a spot a little further away. Head away from the airport towards the Hounslow Urban Farm / Feltham Cemetery (Google for directions). When you get to the farm, drive in and continue along the road past the farm towards the cemetery and you will see an area where you can park and easily watch the aircraft from the comfort (and warmth) of your car. It isn't as complicated as this sounds when you are there, and there is also a big Tesco nearby if you need any supplies.

If the weather is bad and they are coming in on 27R, go to Cobham Road in Hounslow. You can park by a large grassed area and again watch the aircraft coming in from your car. While they are a little higher here, you can still get a reasonable photo with a 300mm lense, albeit you are south facing.

If they are taking off on 27L excellent views of departing traffic can be found from a grass bank alongside the Southern Perimeter Road near an Esso petrol station. Park in Oakes Road, Stanwell, from where a path takes you to the side of the road.

I hope this helps.

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RE: Heathrow Photography And Parking

Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:55 pm

Thanks Neil,

Anyone know if the Visitor centre is open on a Saturday to park ?

Ian Marsh.
 
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RE: Heathrow Photography And Parking

Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:09 pm

Quoting Ian777 (Reply 4):
Anyone know if the Visitor centre is open on a Saturday to park ?

Yeah, you can only park there at weekends because its a BA staff car park on weekdays.

Regarding the Esso garage for 27L departures.... When you exit the M25 and go down the heathrow exit, Carry straight on and go straight on at several roundabouts and you will see it on your right. There is no parking time limit there so you can just be parked in the forecourt. Its quite handy that you can get hot food/drink in there too!

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RE: Heathrow Photography And Parking

Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:45 pm

Many thanks again C J Goodwin, very much appreciated. The info you have provided for me is excellent.

Ian Marsh.
 
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RE: Heathrow Photography And Parking

Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:29 pm

Yes, I've fallen foul of that daft parking rule at Cains Lane - which according to the Highway Code only applies to London boroughs. It bloody would, wouldn't it??!! As if everyone before setting off for London is going to read a tiny clause in the Highway Code that only applies to 0.01% of the country.....

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RE: Heathrow Photography And Parking

Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:40 pm

Apparently £100 tickets are now being dished out on Cains Lain. 2 people have been done already.
?
 
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RE: Heathrow Photography And Parking

Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:13 am

Quoting hotplane (Reply 8):
Apparently £100 tickets are now being dished out on Cains Lain. 2 people have been done already.

Any idea what for ?

I have not been for quite a while, but there were no parking restrictions last time I was there. If it is for parking with wheels on the pavement, that has always been unlawful, but they might suddenly have started to enforce.

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RE: Heathrow Photography And Parking

Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:19 am

Quoting dendrobatid (Reply 9):
Any idea what for ?

Its just for being parked on the right side of the road or having your wheels on the pavement which its hard not to as the road is pretty narrow
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RE: Heathrow Photography And Parking

Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:29 pm

Quoting LGW340 (Reply 10):
Its just for being parked on the right side of the road or having your wheels on the pavement which its hard not to as the road is pretty narrow

Ah, wheels on the pavement is an offence, usually ignored but if they have chosen to prosecute, as petty as that is, it is valid.
Wrong side of the road is only an offence after dark, again, rarely enforced.
They are undoubtedly reacting to complaints from residents !

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