Totteridge Walks - Darlands Nature Reserve Circular
Totteridge is a lovely little village to visit on the outskirts of London in the borough of Barnet. It has a rural feel with a pretty village green, a cricket pitch, some pleasant local countryside and a nearby nature reserve to visit.
This circular walk from the village takes you to the Darland's Lake Nature Reserve before heading to Totteridge Common and the Dollis Brook for more waterside trails.
The walk starts on the edge of the village where you can pick up footpaths heading south west onto the Darland's Lake Nature Reserve. At the southern end of the reserve there's a small lake with a circular footpath running around the perimeter. The reserve is a little off the beaten track so tends to be a quite a quiet place for a stroll. It's good for flora and fauna with a colony of fritillaries and various birds to see on the lake.
After exploring the reserve you head north past Totteridge Common and Totteridge park to meet up with the Dollis Valley Green Walk. You can follow this waymarked footpath east along the Dollis Brook before turning south to return to Totteridge. The brookside trail is another easy path with more wildlife spotting opportunities.
PostcodeN20 8NX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The Orange Tree is a good choice for some post walk refreshments in the village. It's in a lovely spot right next to the village pond where you can watch the birds on the water. There's an elegant interior and outdoor seating if the weather is good. You can find them at a postcode of N20 8NX for your sat navs.
The country and woodland trails on the route make for a fine dog walk. The Orange Tree mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend the walk you could head west along the Dollis Valley Walk to visit Scratchwood and Moat Mount Open Space. These two parks sit side by side on the outskirts of Elstree and Borehamwood. There's some nice woodland trails, ponds and lots of wildlife to see here. You could pick up the epic London Loop here too and follow it west to Aldenham Country Park where there's a large lake and good facilities.
A few miles north there's the village of Shenley to explore. Here you can try the circular Shenley Walk which visits the training grounds of Arsenal F.C and Watford F.C before heading to the village of London Colney where you can enjoy lovely river walks along the River Colne. The walk also visits the noteworthy de Havilland Aircraft Museum. The museum is one of the highlights of the area and a must see for aircraft enthusiasts.
To the east you can pick up the Pymmes Brook Trail. It's a similar walk to the Dollis Valley one, running along a pretty little brook which is one of the tributaries of the River Lea.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks page.