This 8km route starts in Finsbury Park and follows an old railway track to Highgate and continues to Alexandra Palace where the walk ends. This route is one of my favourites in North London and amazingly the entire route is all greenery!
Enter Finsbury Park and follow a path in the northern direction, passing the tennis courts on the left. At a T-junction a footbridge on the left crosses a railway track and on the other side immediately turn right. You now follow an old railway track, even some old platforms remain, all the way to Highgate. When you reach Archway Road, turn right at the first crossing, into Shepherd’s Hill. Before the first house on the left take the footpath leading down and at the end turn right into Priory Gardens. Turn left into the alley between house numbers 8 and 10 to reach Queen’s Wood.
Queen’s Wood is an absolute gem! To navigate through Queen’s Wood you can follow the signs for The Capital Ring. At the end of Queen’s Wood, before crossing Muswell Hill Road, you will find the brilliant Queen’s Wood Cafe. A community cafe offering homemade food made from ingredients grown in their own organic garden!
Cross Muswell Hill Road and enter Highgate Wood. There are various routes possible through Highgate Wood, but here the Parkland Walk splits from The Capital Ring and you exit Highgate Wood at the Northenmost gate, returning to Muswell Hill Road. A foot tunnel on the left leads you to the final section of the Parkland Walk with the best view towards the city.
Just before reaching Ally Pally you walk through The Grove where another great cafe awaits, The Grove Cafe. When you have soaked in the view you can walk down to Alexandra Palace station where the walk ends.
Add the route map below to your Google Maps account (click on the star) or download the gpx file via OpenStreetMap and let’s get outside!