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N is for . . . North London Nature Walk

September 10, 2017

Continuing on with the A to Z of family friendly activities in London we have the letter N.

It’s been a while since I wrote a letter based blog. We actually did this letter earlier in the summer but the walk would be great for a clear autumn day. It would look beautiful in autumnal colours so don’t worry, you won’t have to wait until next summer to enjoy the letter N.

We travelled up to Finsbury Park station (some stairs but not too many) to start the walk. I know there’s a myth about South Londoners never travelling North but we do, although we could never move here – that is against the rules! We picked up a picnic for the walk because there aren’t many places to exit and find sustenance along the route. Plus there really is nothing better than a picnic on a nice day.

The walk is called the Parkland Walk and starts at Finsbury Park and ends in Alexandra Palace. It follows the route of an old railway line complete with old stations and disused platforms. It is about 4 and a half miles long. We did the whole thing in about 3 hours which included a stop for a picnic and lots of photo opportunities. About 3 quarters of the way round you exit the walk to rejoin in Highgate Woods. It’s at this point you could stop for a pub lunch and we stopped for a coffee and to use the loo. The only toilet option on the route is to go al fresco, not my style I’m afraid!

We took the pushchair and whilst the walk is pushchair accessible we quickly discovered it’s quite bumpy so our definitely designed for the city pushchair was having a bit of trouble. We switched to the carrier for nap time as it was just the wrong side of bumpy for lulling Henry to sleep.

The walk is beautiful. Tree lined paths, old station platforms, flowers, wildlife and some fun sculptures along the way. There is a short section through Highgate Woods which was my favourite part. I loved feeling like we had walked out of London into a fairytale forest.  It starts to get a bit steep as you reach Alexandra Palace but opens out on to some lovely views of London. Ending the walk in Alexandra Palace was also great. Fantastic views there too as well as cafes for your we finished the walk celebrations.

I thoroughly recommend the walk. Great for your step count and for those “I can’t believe we’re still in London” moments.

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