Finsbury Park Life, Parkland Walk

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Escape the urban bustle and enjoy a stroll on Parkland Walk.

Parkland Walk

Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace

Parkland Walk, Finsbury Park

Bridge, Parkland Walk

Parkland Walk, portal, Albert Road

Portal to Parkland Walk, between 95 and 97 Florence Road, N4

Short (5mins) documentary showing the history of the Parkland Walk and the people who enjoying using it

Tree Parkland Walk

Tree gradually demolishing wall. Parkland Walk, north London

Parkland Walk portal

Parkland Walk Map with access points as far as Highgate.

The Parkland Walk is a linear nature reserve running between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace via Highgate.

Formerly a railway line - running to Edgware, with branches to Barnet and Alexandra Palace - it is now one of London's best green spaces; a perfect place for a leafy stroll.

Along the way you can still see traces of it's former use, such as the platforms at Couch End, and tunnels at Highgate.

Built in the 1860's, the track was finally closed in the 1970's.

There are several places to access Parkland Walk (see map below). My favorite is a gap between number 95 and 97 Florence Road, opposite the end of Albert Road, N4. It feels like a magic portal as you step from a north London street onto a wooded pathway.

From there it is an enjoyable 30-40 mins walk to Highgate, perhaps stopping for a cuppa at the Quarters Cafe (quarterscafe.com).

A shorter walk will take you to Crouch End, where there are numerous places for refreshments.

The last bit of the walk - Muswell Hill to Ally Pally - is well worth the detour for wonderful views and a huge sky.

Parkland Walk Links & Map

Friends of the Parkland Walk: parkland-walk.org.uk

Parkland Walk Map (PDF to download and print)

Parkland Walk on Wikipedia


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