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Saturday, 4 May 2019

London's Northern Heights

An easy walk in London Northern Heights using option a)

Length 8 miles (13 km)
Toughness 2/3 out of 10

Getting there

Catch a Northern Line (Northbound High Barnet branch) Underground train to Totteridge & Whetstone station to arrive there before 10:30
Journey times from Central London (Tottenham Court Road / Bank) are about 30 / 35 minutes

Getting back

Catch a Northern Line train or suitable bus from Totteridge & Whetstone.

Plan your journey here. 


Buy an Oyster or Travelcard to cover your starting zone, any zones you will pass through and zone 4


With less than summery weather on the cards, this is an easy walk in a surprisingly rural part of North London
More details on the link below


Mr M Tiger said...

N=12 + 1 Jack Russell on a w=warm-chilly-sunny-hailstoney-blowy sort of day. And let’s not forget the one clap of thunder. Probably louder than Krakatoa.
Surprisingly rural (just like it said in the intro). Cow parsley wild garlic and stitchwort all in flower as was some of the hawthorn. But with the occasional hailstorm in the offing I ended up putting on more clouts than I cast.
If I did the walk again, I think I would choose the village ending. I found the last 1.4 km of the direct route a little tedious.
Those that ate seemed pleased with the 3 Hammers. There was talk of going to the Waiting Room café at the end. But Mr Tiger can’t verify that. Mr Tiger had adopted a slow stealth crawl and was some way behind the others.

Mike A said...

Following on from Mr. T.'s report 6 of the n=12 took tea at the Waiting Room café. Quintessentially English with cotton doilies, silvered teapots and delicious lemon drizzle cake. Unfortunately the Café's dog policy didn't allow Gabriela (a new walker to the SWC group) to bring her well behaved Jack Russell into the café :-(
However, The Three Hammers had no such restrictions and even offered to bring a bowl of water for Smakas (the Jack Russell). Friendly staff produced food in good time in this large accommodating pub. There was also a separate Vegetarian/Vegan menu for those who wished to order same.
The couple of weather micro-bursts in the afternoon were spectacular, but quickly over. Walkers who hunkered down in the bus shelter during the first session resisted temptation to catch the 251 bus to Burnt Oak which conveniently turned up during the hail.

Anonymous said...

There were a number of bird watchers towards the beginning of the walk and they said that they and we were looking at Grey Wagtails.