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.
You will pass through Scratchwood and Moat Mount Open Space and Barnet's Totteridge Fields Nature Reserve on this flat easy walk through North London.
The route is good for flora and fauna too. Look out for herons, nesting swans, ducks and ducklings along the brook. There's also attractive woodland, wild garlic and wild flowers dotted along the pathway.
PostcodeNW7 5AL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Dollis Valley Green Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Dollis Valley Green Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Dollis Valley Green Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
At the end of the route there's the Parliament Hill Cafe on Hampstead Heath. It's in a nice location, next to the bandstand in the park. There's a good range of snack and an outdoor seating area to relax in warmer days. 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.
Also worthy of consideration is the The Orange Tree in Totteridge. 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 village is also well worth exploring. It has a lovely rural feel with a pretty village green, a cricket pitch and some pleasant local countryside. There's also the Darland's Lake Nature Reserve where there are some lovely waterside trails and lots of wildlife to see.
The path makes for a nice walk with your dog with pockets of woodland along the way too. You'll probably pass several other dog walkers on the trail. The Spaniards Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The route links with the London Loop at Scratchwood at the start. You could pick up this waymarked trail and follow it west to visit the lovely
Aldenham Country Park. There's nice trails here around the lake and woodland in the park.
Another brookside walk starts just to the east of the route in New Barnet. The Pymmes Brook Trail runs from Monken Hadley Common in Hadley Wood to Picket's Lock near Enfield. It's a similar route along one of the tributaries of the River Lea.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks and Hertfordshire Walks pages.