This North London Borough is well served with a number of local parks, common land, woods and waterways to explore. Being close to the Hertfordshire border there's some lovely open countryside with miles of leisurely trails to try.
This walk around Barnet uses sections of the London Loop, the Dollis Valley Green Walk and the Pymmes Brook Trail to create a circular walk through the borough.
The walk starts from the train station in New Barnet and heads east to pick up the Pymmes Brook Trail. Follow the waterside trail north and it will take past Cockfosters to the pretty Beech Hill Lake on Monken Hadley Common in Hadley Wood. You could take a small detour east here to visit Trent Country Park where there's lakes and a Japanese Garden to see. This route heads west along the London Loop through the common to the village of Monken Hadley. You then turn south skirting the eastern edge of High Barnet and Chipping Barnet before linking up with the Dollis Valley Green Walk. This will take you towards the pleasant Brook Farm Open Space and delightful village of Totteridge where you could visit the picturesque Darlands Nature Reserve. The reserve is one of the hidden gems of Barnet and includes a lake and lots of wildlife.
This route turns east through East Barnet to link up with the Pymmes Brook again. Follow it north through Oak Hill Park and it will take you back towards the train station where the route finishes.
PostcodeEN5 1QT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Walks near Barnet
- Dollis Valley Green Walk - This pleasant walk takes you from Mill Hill near Edgware in North London to the edge of Hampstead Heath along the Dollis Brook
- Pymmes Brook Trail - Follow the Pymmes Brook Trail through North London on this pleasant walk.
- Trent Country Park - This country park on the outskirts of London has 413 acres of rolling meadows, brooks, lakes, ancient woodland, and historical sites to explore on foot or by bike
- Totteridge - Totteridge is a lovely little village to visit on the outskirts of London in the borough of Barnet
- Scratchwood and Moat Mount Open Space - These two parks are situated right next to each other in the London Borough of Barnet
- Aldenham Country Park - Enjoy 100 acres of woodland and parkland adjacent to a 60 acre lake at this splendid park near Elstree/Borehamwood
- London Loop - Also known as the London Outer Orbital Path, this walk takes you on a tour of the parks, woods and fields around the edge of Outer London
- Enfield - This North London based market town has some nice local parks, several waymarked trails, a historic local hall and waterside trails along the New River which runs past the town.
- Shenley - The idyllic village of Shenley sits in a rural position on the outskirts of North London.
- Borehamwood - This Hertfordshire based town has a number of local parks, reservoirs, nature reserves and areas of common land to explore.
- Hadley Wood - This pleasant area of North London is located close to the Hertfordshire border
Back in New Barnet you could head to the Lord Kitchener for some post walk refreshment. The old-fashioned pub has a good selection of ales and can be found near the train station at postcode EN4 8RN. The Queens Arms is another good local option. They serve food and have an outdoor seating area is well. You can find them on Great North Road with postcode EN5 1AB.
The woods and waterside trails make for a fine dog walk. Both pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks page.