We start at a busy urban intersection and within minutes are on a trail through green gems of London just a few miles north of the City. We join the New River Path, go around the East & West reservoirs, spotting birds and sailing boats still with a view of the Shard. A short stroll leads to Clissold Park where we stop for tea & cake in an 18th century mansion. We will try to spot some deer in the park. We trot along hip Church Street, pop into a chocolate shop, spot a Banksy and go through gates to another hidden gem. Abney Park is 32-acre nature reserve & cemetery with gravestones of famous non-conformists, abolitionists and writers. Winding through the Jewish quarter leads us to our final hidden green gems, Springfield Park and the Lea Valley Park overlooking the canal and marshes.
Tea or coffee
I have lived in this area for 20 years and love its green spaces. I enjoy walking and would like to share my knowledge and show people hidden gems they might miss. I am happy to talk about the history and diversity of the area and wider British culture. I am a graduate of the London School of Economics, have published three books and worked for The Guardian. I enjoy art, theatre, books, travel.
The New River Walk, a 400-year-old canal! East & West Reservoirs, nature reserves for birds & boating. Clissold Park opened in 1899. Church Street. Abney Park's Victorian cemetery with famous gravestones, birdlife & trees. Springfield Park nature reserve & Lea Valley, Britain's first regional park.
Bring camera, water, hat, sunscreen, umbrella or waterproof. Wear shoes suitable for walking around five miles. Bring Oyster card or debit card for one bus journey back to tube station at the end.