+ From Highbury to Highgate: Parkland Walk

From Highbury to Highgate; Parkland Walk (South)

Having lived in Highbury, North London for almost a year now, I’m still astonished by how little I know about the surrounding area. As part of my quest to use my time more wisely in 2015 (less couch potato time, more time exploring), I decided to spend my Sunday afternoon walking along the southern part of Parkland Walk Local Nature Reserve, from Finsbury Park to Highgate. We live just a few minutes’ walk from Finsbury Park, which is where the southern part of the walk begins (Tired of London, Tired of Life have a handy map here).

THE ROUTE

1) As we live south of the park, we took a quick detour through it, past the flying rats (aka pigeons):

2) To get to the start of the trail we headed across the Oxford Road Gate from the north-western part of Finsbury Park:

3) Turn right and you’ll see a sign, with the next stops listed as Upper Tollington Park, wih the walk ending at Highgate via Crouch Hill.
Route along Parkland Walk - South

4) Along the way towards Crouch Hill, it’s basically mud, mud and more mud…. and some vibrant graffiti:

Graffiti along parkland walk

5) One of the best finds along the route was the former train platforms of Crouch End railway station. While the train station building has since been demolished, it was really surreal to walk through:
Abandoned railway platforms of Courch End railway station on Parkland Walk

6) Following from this awesome find, you’ll see a plaque which tells you a bit more about the history of the park itself:
History of parkland walk

Once you’ve completed the walk, I would formally suggest a quick drink at the Boogaloo, or if you walk up Jacksons Lane you’ll get to Highgate High Street where you can pop into the Duke’s Head or the Angel Inn for a well-earned lunch! We’ll definitely visit Parkland Walk again in the spring, and next time aim for Alexandra Palace 🙂