If you were to go slightly further south, you can follow the canal toe path
Yeah the canal is definitely the nicest way to HW. Have you no bike?
I usually take the canal, although it isn't the best for cycling. I have a bike, but the cycle can be a bit grim sometimes, so I alternate bike/bus at the moment, although bus is mostly winning recently.
Yesterday though I was in a rush, so I took what I thought would be a more direct route without looking at a map. Not perfect, but not too bad.