Walk & Lunch: Finsbury Park to Crouch End, LondonWalk along a surprisingly quiet and leafy city nature reserve then enjoy lunch and a browse
Start from Finsbury Park tube or rail, walk up the west side of Finsbury Park itself (there’s an optional coffee stop at the rather nice café by the boating lake and playground with outdoor tables overlooking the green). The entrance to the Parkland Walk is well signposted, and takes you over a small bridge before heading north. What used to be a raised railway line is now London’s longest nature reserve (forming part of the Capital Ring) and offers long views over Victorian terraced backs and the streets below. Kids of all ages can enjoy a wooden adventure playground and half-pipe as you get nearer Crouch End. Also watch out for the Spriggan climbing out of one of the arches – a slightly menacing sculpture that’s said to have inspired Stephen King to write his short story ‘Crouch End’. Leave at the Stanhope Road exit, turn right under the bridge and turn first right into Avenue Road. This will lead you to Crouch End’s centre along pretty back streets; have lunch in Banner’s, enjoy browsing in its independent shops and perhaps go for a swim in the Lido before buying some bread from Dunn’s to take home.
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