Walking the Northern Heights: a London disused railway walk

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by editor, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I went for a lovely walk along the disused Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace railway track, now grassed over as a 'green corridor'.

    Photo report and a veritable shedload of facts here:

  2. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    i did that walk a few years ago, you've made me want to do it again :cool:
  3. BadlyDrawnGirl

    BadlyDrawnGirl Piano Tuna

    There was something about this walk on TV a while back featuring Ray Davies from The Kinks, as apparently it passes through the neighbourhood where he grew up. Must be a good 'un then. :)
  4. jugularvein

    jugularvein extra

    ed looks really nice and i'll be living near there soon, would it be easy to cycle? or do you recommend walking to take it all in
  5. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    iirc correctly it's pretty flat...
  6. jugularvein

    jugularvein extra

  7. E. Coli

    E. Coli shite from both ends

  8. exosculate

    exosculate a stagger with a beat

    Thanks Ed - That was a good thing to highlight.

    Is there any likelyhood of hassle walking along there?
  9. tomas

    tomas was nicht ist ist möglich

    use to live just down the road from one of the exits from the track, used to be the esiest way to go to the park and often used to get to the station. it's a nice path and it can be used to get all the way to higate with a few minor road passages. it's absolutly fine to cycle on, even a plesant experince.
  10. editor

    editor hiraethified

    There's a chance that it might get a little iffy after dark, but I had absolutely no hassle of any kind at all along the route.

    It's very quiet and I only met a handful of fellow walkers, joggers and families out for a stroll.

    jugularvein: it's an old railway line so it's very flat! There's one or two very small muddy sections, but parts might get a bit sticky after a deluge.

    It's a lovely walk.
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  11. Isambard

    Isambard Dab of Rioja, Kitten? :D

    Wouldn't that make a good book, disused railway line walks around Britain?
  12. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    My brother loves that walk; must do it some time.
  13. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    Oh Great! You've just done half the August London walk.. please don't give the entire game away.


    Still, atleast I can knick all your facts.
  14. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Time for you to come up with something more imaginative, Hollis!
  15. editor

    editor hiraethified

    That reminds me: I've been mulling over this for years - I want to do the Wye Valley walk.

    (editor goes off to start new thread in community)
  16. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    There's a book called 'Walking the Tracks' I think my dad has.

    Walking disused railway lines is big business.. I've inadvertently done more than my share...
  17. pinkmonkey

    pinkmonkey 2.4 hour party person

    Theres a great walk (which takes in Three Mills Island in Bow) along a water main through East London - looks like it could have been a raised railway track but isn't. It's in one of the London Cycling guides so, of course it's good for cycling too.
  18. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I did some of that walk a while ago. Some of the landscape around Pudding Mill Lane is well bleak though!
  19. Streathamite

    Streathamite ideological dogmatist

    is that disused track now known as the parkland walk?
  20. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    never had any trouble wandering along there after dark myself...
  21. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

  22. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    i've always wanted to do the bath/bristol one...on an old railway line....anyone done that one?
  23. Streathamite

    Streathamite ideological dogmatist

    in that case, the ed's right-it's bloody gorgeous!
  24. Tank Girl

    Tank Girl ........

    I saw that and thought "oooh I'd like to do that walk"... now whether I'll ever get round to it is a different matter :rolleyes: @ self, but since I've become a born again walker I think I might just make it... maybe ;)
  25. XerxesVargas

    XerxesVargas formerly MrMalcontent

    I walk it all the time. Its lovely, for a moment you can forget you're in London. I've never had or seen any trouble there.

    edit: Ed you didnt take a pic of the cool sculpture in the abutments of the Mount View Road bridge. At the top of one of them is a figure of a sprite (or such) emegring from the brick work. Its pretty cool, mainly due to its randomness.
  26. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    i'm asahemd to say that even though i lived in the area for a couple of years, i never went along that path
  27. BarryB

    BarryB New Member

    I think its called the east London sewer outfall walk or something catch like that.

  28. editor

    editor hiraethified

  29. swampy

    swampy Well-Known Member

    Very nice to cycle, part of my highspeedextreme (concatenated for effect) north london mountain bike circuit. Pedestrians and dog walkers gladly given right of way, naturally.
  30. catch

    catch runt.littercom.org

    used to cycle to and from work down that about three times a week, kept fucking my tyres up though :(

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