Finsbury Park Railway Walk
Finsbury Park is one of the significant London Parks and a lovely place for a stroll. The historic park was one of the first city parks to be created during the Victorian era. In the park you'll find a boating lake, lovely gardens and fine views towards some of London's landmarks. It's also the start point for the Parkland Walk, a popular trail running along an old railway line to Alexandra Park.
This walk follows part of the Parkland Walk before heading to Highgate Wood and Hampstead Heath. It's a nice way of seeing some of the local walking highlights and is easily accessible with train and tube stations at either end of the route.
The walk starts at Finsbury Park tube station where it's a short walk to the pretty park. Here you can start off by exploring the park on a number of good surfaced footpaths.
At the western side of the park you can pick up the Parkland Walk and follow the rail trail north west to Crouch End and Highgate Wood. This walk leaves the railway walk here though you could continue on to Alexandra Palace if you wish.
The route picks up the Capital Ring and follows it north west through the woodland trails in Highgate Wood. You continue west through Fortis Green, East Finchley and Hampstead Garden Suburb where you pick up the Dollis Valley Green Walk. This waymarked trail will take you south along the pretty Dollis Brook to Hampstead Heath. Here you can enjoy a climb to Parliament Hill for fine views over the city. The route then heads past the Hampstead Ponds to Hampstead train station. Here you can catch the train back towards Finsbury Park.
Finsbury Park PostcodeN4 2NQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Finsbury Park Pubs/Cafes
In Finsbury Park there's a nice family run cafe for refreshments. It's located in a good spot, close to the lake and has a fine range of meals and snacks.
At the other end of the route there's the Parliament Hill Cafe at Hampstead Heath. There's a good range of snack and an outdoor seating area to relax in warmer days here. You can find it at postcode NW5 1QR for your sat navs.
There's an abundance of fine cafes and pubs around the heath as well. One noteworthy place worth consideration is The Spaniards Inn. The pub dates from 1585 and has some interesting literary connections. John Keats apparently penned Ode to a Nightingale in the garden and the pub is also mentioned in Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers. There's an attractive interior with oak-panelled walls, chandeliers, beams and log fires. Outside there's a nice garden with a BBQ on warmer days. You can find the inn on Spaniards Road at the north western end of the heath. Postcode for your sat nav is NW3 7JJ.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Near to the park you'll find Hackney Marshes and the Walthamstow Reservoirs where there are some nice waterside trails to try. You can also pick up the long distance New River Path in the park and enjoy a riverside stroll along the New River.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Greater London Walks page.