New Walk – Finsbury Park to Hampstead
Length: 17½ km (10.9 miles), with many ways to shorten. Toughness: up to 5/10
Take a Victoria or Piccadilly line tube to arrive
at Finsbury Park
. Turn left outside the station and meet on the concourse by the bus station.
[Or take the 10:08
Peterborough train from Kings Cross
for its 5-minute journey to Finsbury Park, but I doubt if anyone will find this more convenient.] Late Start
option, 13¾ km (8.5 miles): Take a Northern line tube to Highgate
(on the High Barnet branch) and intercept the main group as they pass through the station shortly after 11:00
As this weekend is the annual Open House London
event I thought it would be a suitable time to try out this new walk in the capital. You might find there are buildings near the walk route which you'd like to visit, or perhaps you can manage to fit in part of the walk with visits further afield.
The walk itself starts with a long stretch on a disused railway line dressed up as a ‘linear park’, the bit which you can skip by starting from Highgate. It continues through woods, gardens and the distinctive architecture of Hampstead Garden Suburb with its two imposing Lutyens churches. The suggested lunch stop is more than halfway round at the Old Bull & Bush
in North End, on the fringes of Hampstead Heath. Much of the afternoon's route explores this large open space and even those of you familiar with the area (perhaps from the SWC's evening walks there) might come across a few surprises. You can easily shorten the suggested route into Hampstead if you want to finish early.
You'll need to print the walk directions and maps from this temporary New Walk