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Alexandra Palace to Tottenham Hale walk

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Sat, 27-Feb-21

Date # Post
Sat, 17-Aug-19 13

Ally Pally to Tottenham Hale

With fairly unsettled/unpredictable weather forecast this weekend, here's a short walk with plenty of opportunities to bale out should the weather take a turn for the worst.


Length 9 miles (14 km)
Toughness 2/3 out of 10

Getting there

Catch a Welwyn Garden City train from any of these stations and alight at Alexandra Palace


Moorgate [MOG] 10:28
Old Street [OLD] 10:30
Essex Road [EXR] 10:33
Highbury & Islington 10:36
Drayton Park [DYP] 10:38
Finsbury Park [FPK] 10:42
Harringay [HGY] 10:44
Hornsey [HRN] 10:46
Meet on the platform at Alexandra Palace station at 10:49

Getting back

Catch a tube from Finsbury Park (Victoria Line/National rail) if you leave the walk half way through or Tottenham Hale (also Victoria Line/National Rail) if you complete the walk.

Tickets

An Oyster card covering your starting zone and zone 3



Overview

This is a walk of two halves, so if the weather becomes inclement or if you just want to do a short walk you can bale out half way through at Finsbury Park.
When you reach the River Lea during the second leg, there are a number of options to traverse the wetlands (see the excellent map on the walk instructions. However, if you would prefer to give the wetlands a miss, you may simply walk up the River Lea towpath. There's a cafe just past Markfield Park (Markfield Park Cafe) which serves teas and cakes if you take this option.
From there, it's just over 1km to Tottenham Hale station, so about a 15 minute walk to finish off with.


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Does anybody know if there are toilets at the station please?
www.nationalrail.co.uk has information about station facilities and it says there are no toilets at this station. However, there will be some when you get to Alexandra Palace at the top of the hill and others at cafés along the route. Most people don't mind hanging about briefly but don't be surprised if some march on ahead this is a group for independent walkers with no leader and people can choose their own pace.
I'm just going to meet everyone at Ally Pally at 10.49. Hope that's ok.
Thanks for the toilet information Anonymous
Yes, lets meet on the platform the train turns up. I suggest by the steps that lead up to the footbridge. Look out for others there (they'll be obvious with rucksacks)
Thanks for the Loo information Anonymous
13 walkers (2 first timers with us from a meet up posting) in fine weather
I thought that the morning in Alexander Park being park like and then Highgate woods being ‘woods’ was great then lunch in Finsbury Park which served its purpose for most of us. After lunch was a fair bit of street walking, visually stimulating but hard on the feet and then wonderful wetlands
Very enjoyable walk only downside was a dearth / paucity / drouth / lacuna / shortage of cake in the pm but the words hubris, heuristic and thesaurus managed to squeeze themselves into the conversation.
P told me to keep it short and not too boring I do hope that I lived up to the demand / stipulation
A Non
Mon, 27-May-19 18

Bank Holiday Walk – [321] The Parkland Walk and a Wetlands Walk

Extra Walk 321 – Alexandra Palace to Tottenham Hale
Full Walk: 15¾ km (9.8 miles). Toughness: 3/10
Morning Walk (finishing at Finsbury Park): 8 km (5.0 miles), 2/10
Afternoon Walk (starting from Finsbury Park): 8¾ km (5.4 miles), 1/10

10:28 Welwyn Garden City train from Moorgate (Highbury & Islington 10:36, Finsbury Park 10:42, etc), arriving Alexandra Palace (TfL Zone 3) at 10:49.

For the Afternoon Walk, make your own way to the café in Finsbury Park (less than 10 mins from the station: see the Walk Notes) ready to set off no later than 1.30pm (ie. get there earlier if you want something to eat/drink first).

Expect to return by tube or bus, as there aren't any mainline trains from Tottenham Hale to Liverpool Street on this Bank Holiday.

This walk is essentially two short walks joined together. The morning walk is mostly along the well-known Parkland Walk (a disused railway line) and the afternoon walk links two large nature reserves, Woodberry Wetlands and Walthamstow Wetlands.

The morning starters should get to the Finsbury Park café at around 12:30-12:45, so those planning to do the full walk should have plenty of time for some mid-walk refreshment before setting off with the midday arrivals. At the end of the full walk there's a café in Walthamstow Wetlands (which closes at 4pm) and a pub across the road if you need something stronger.

As usual there's no leader for this walk. You'll need to bring the directions from this Alexandra Palace to Tottenham Hale walk page. There are of course many other places where you could drop out or join this urban walk; see the notes for details. T=swc.321
I can thoroughly recommend the south section of the Walthamstow Wetlands and the cafe in the Engine House there.
However the Ferry Boat Inn was packed on our visit (on the previous Bank Holiday) so we gave that a miss.
My train arrives in Morden at 11. Can you guys wait a bit? Thanks. Raquel. 07594325538

18 walkers.
dry and bright.
Thank you to Sean for posting the walk,
and pointing out interesting features along the route.
Sun, 04-Nov-18 14

Sunday Walk – [New] The Parkland Walk and two restored Wetlands

New Walk – Alexandra Palace to Tottenham Hale
Length: Up to 15¾ km (9.8 miles). Toughness: 3/10

10:17 Alexandra Palace train from Moorgate (Highbury & Islington 10:25, Finsbury Park 10:30, etc), arriving Alexandra Palace (TfL Zone 3) at 10:39. Use Oyster PAYG or contactless.

Anyone wanting a later start could join the walk at Highgate tube station (Northern line). Be there by 11:30 to meet the main group, who should be passing through about then.

Wherever you finish up expect to return by tube; there aren't any Anglia trains from Tottenham Hale to Liverpool Street this Sunday.

This new concoction expands the short walk around Woodberry Wetlands which attracted a large turnout on the August Bank Holiday, although the loop around its East Reservoir is the only significant overlap between the two walks. Its morning is along the well-known Parkland Walk (a disused railway line) and the afternoon concludes with an extension to another large nature reserve, Walthamstow Wetlands (note that this closes at 4pm). If you want to do a shorter walk there are many places where you can hop on a bus or head for a nearby tube station.

For lunch I suggest one of the cafés along the route, either in Finsbury Park or at Woodberry Wetlands. There are other cafés towards the end in Springfield Park and Walthamstow Wetlands, and a pub opposite the reserve exit if you need something stronger.

You'll need to bring the directions from this temporary New Walk page. There's a GPS track available here, but it's hardly necessary for this urban walk. T=swc.321
Now I might go out on that Walk on Sunday. But I can't Guarantee I will. But if I do. Then I will take the Buses. And on the way back Home as well.
"...13, maybe 15..." I'm told by someone who was on the walk. so let's call it 14