Hadley Wood Walks
This pleasant area of North London is located close to the Hertfordshire border. It's a good place to start a walk with a local common, a nearby country park and waterside trails along two signifcant waterways. It is also easilty accessible with a large train station with regular trains into London or out to Welwyn Garden City.
This walk from Hadley Wood visits some of the local highlights including Trent Country Park, Pymmes Brook Trail and Monken Hadley Common.
The walk starts from the train station and heads south through the town to the Covert Way Nature Reserve, Sewits Hill, Newman's Hill and Monken Hadley Common. There's some nice trails here with good views from the elevated position of the common. At the western end you'll find Bournwell Hill while the pretty Beech Hill Lake and the Pymmes Brook sits at the eastern end.
On the common you can pick up the London Loop and follow the waymarked trail east to visit the nearby Trent Country Park at Enfield Chase. The park is a great place for a walk with lovely Japanese Gardens and a picturesque lake.
The route then retraces its steps back to the train station but you could take a detour along the Pymmes Brook Trail which heads south to Cockfosters and East Barnet.
PostcodeEN4 0EL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Hadley Wood Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hadley Wood Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hadley Wood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hadley Wood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the western side of Monken Hadley common there's Ye Olde Monken Holt to visit for some refreshment. The pub dates back to 1863 and includes a patio garden for warmer days. You can find them on Hadley High Street at postcode EN5 5SU for your sat navs.
The woodland and parkland trails on the common are ideal for dog walking. You're bound to bump into other owners on your visit. Ye Olde Monken Holt mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north east you can enjoy a walk around Enfield and visit the lovely Whitewebbs Park and the historic Forty Hall.
The Scratchwood and Moat Mount Open Space can be reached by following the London Loop west.
Just to the north west is Shenley where you can visit the splendid de Havilland Aircraft Museum. Ridge and the Old Guinea pub is another place worthy of investigation. The early 19th century inn has a particularly large open garden with stunning views across the surrounding countryside. In London Colney there's the wildlife rich Broad Colney Lakes Nature Reserve to explore.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks page.