Haringey Walking Weekend 2016

October 1st and 2nd across the Borough

Explore the natural, architectural and historical delights of Haringey by joining one of these specially designed mainly free guided walks

Haringey Walking Weekend has been organised, in this, Haringey’s Year of Walking, to showcase Haringey with all its rich history and natural beauty. It has been put together by Haringey residents, active in Residents Associations and Parks Friends Groups, passionate about their environment and their communities.

We hope that you will enjoy the walks, share them with friends and get to know areas of the Borough you have never visited before.

Walking is a healthy, sociable and free form of exercise and in Haringey we are fortunate to have so much, and such a variety, of green spaces and interesting neighbourhoods to visit and enjoy.

Get Walking and Enjoy Yourselves!

Organised by the Haringey Friends of Parks Forum - www.haringeyfriendsofparks.org.uk
and the Haringey Federation of Residents Associations - www.haringeyresidents.org

All walks are FREE
For information on wheelchair/buggy accessibility please contact the walk leader details given at the end of each walk.

For information on further guided walks activities over the Walking Weekend, go to: www.haringey.gov.uk/haringeywalks

Download a PDF Guide to all the Walks or see them listed below - first the Saturday, then the Sunday Walks.


Living Under One Sun and Tottenham Marshes

Saturday 1st October

Meet at 10am outside of small Tesco at Hale Village N17 9NE

The walk includes a visit to Hale Village and community allotment, sharing some fresh salad crop, and on to Stonebridge lock. Walk organised by Living Under One Sun.

Contact: LUOS Walk Club on 07421 369098 or 07435 969312


Parkland Walk 1

Saturday 1st October

Meet at 10.30am at Wells Terrace Bus Station (210, W3 & W7) behind Finsbury Park Station

Walk the Parkland Walk along the course of an old railway line, mainly in Haringey. Continue through Highgate Wood. The railway stopped at Alexandra Palace so we will continue through Alexandra Park and finish at Alexandra Palace station. The distance is 4½ miles and the walk should take about two hours. This walk will also be part of the programme of the Finchley and Hornsey Ramblers.

Walk Co-ordinator: Chris Barker. Telephone: 020 8347 7684


Tottenham’s Historic Corridor

Saturday 1st October

Meet at 11am at Bennetts Close, N17 OHD, cul-de-sac near junction of Tottenham High Road and Northumberland Park (opposite the big new Sainsbury’s).

Tottenham High Road is a microcosm of English history: Roman road; aristocrats’ estates; nonconformists’ homes and chapels; railways and factories; de-industrialisation. This walk will go along the High Road passing through North Tottenham (the second conservation area to be designated by Haringey Council after Highgate Village), Scotland Green and Bruce Grove conservation areas. It will show the amazing heritage wealth as well as restoration and regeneration projects. This tour will be led by Tottenham Civic Society members and is on pavements so suitable for wheelchair users.

Duration: one and a half hours.

Contact: 020 8347 7684. joyce.rosser13@gmail.com. www.tottenhamcivicsociety.org.uk


Two Parks Health Walk

Saturday 1st October

Meet at 11am at the Downhills Park Road Gate to Lordship Recreation Ground (Just uphill from the junction with Walpole Road, N17 6BJ)

The walk goes round Lordship Rec playing field, past the Hub (a cafe, toilets and centre), through the historic model traffic area, then back up hill to the start point and across the road to Downhills Park where it goes round the playing field,past the play park, tennis courts and cafe to the park entrance. We then head back to Lordship Rec and back down the hill to the Hub so we can end with a cuppa! The walk should take around 60 mins. A walk similar to this takes place every Monday morning - for details contact: AFL@fusion-lifestyle.com


Muswell Hill: From Ancient Wells to Muswell Hill Billies

Saturday 1st October

Meet at 11am outside Barclays Bank on the bus station roundabout at the top of Muswell Hill

Who lived in Denmark Terrace? Why is the Odeon entrance at an angle? Where and what was the Athaneum? Who drank from the ancient well? Until 1960 only single deck buses ran up Muswell Hill, but why? Find out the answers to these, learn about The Kinks, local murders and much more about our Northern Heights suburb.

Numbers limited to 20 so please email in advance to: crouchendwalks@btinternet.com


Luke Howard: Family, Friends and Neighbours

Saturday 1st October

Meet at 11am in front of Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, N17 8NU

A tour of the places associated with Luke Howard, "the Namer of Clouds", who is commemorated with the only English Heritage Blue Plaque in Tottenham. The walk will focus on how Tottenham, then a rural village, would have looked to Luke Howard and his contemporaries.

The walk will take an hour and a half to two hours (depending on walking pace) and will finish at Tottenham Green

See: tottenhamclouds.org


Tree Trail – uncovering the hidden history of Chestnuts and St Ann's Hospital

Saturday 1st October

Meet at 1.30pm outside Chestnuts Park café, St Ann's Rd, N15 5BN for Chestnuts walk and after a break at 2.15pm will regroup at 2.30pm inside St Ann’s Hospital entrance for Hospital Walk

Originally a watercress farm, Chestnuts Park opened in 1900 with impressive avenues of London Plane trees and some curious features including a "stumpery". The Friends of Chestnuts Park have made improvements planting 1000 hedging trees, an orchard and a willow and wildlife garden with sculptures. Over the road and nearly a hundred years earlier, an ex Kew Gardens employee oversaw the planting of the grounds of St Ann's Hospital. Follow the trail of exotic and rare trees and see how many you can identify. Passing the original Water Tower, we'll take the last remaining cobbled street in Haringey to an untouched woodland area. We’ll also consider the possible impact of redevelopment plans for the Hospital on both these green spaces. Members of the StART Community Land Trust will be available to answer questions.

The walk will take an hour and a half and finish at Chestnuts Café

Walk jointly led by Friends of Chestnuts Park and StART environment group see: www.friendsofchestnuts.org.uk and www.startharingey.co.uk


Explore the Park at Ally Pally 1

Saturday 1st October

Meet at 3pm at the Park Information Centre in The Grove N10 2QA (just up from the Grove Car Park toward Muswell Hill)

The walk will take you through Alexandra Park to see some of its attractions, both natural and man-made, and snapshots of its history: beautiful and unusual trees, the sites where an airship was built and a banqueting hall stood, the lovely rose garden and more. The walk will take about an hour and a half. It will finish at the eastern entrance to the Park.

For more information email the Friends of Alexandra Park at allyparkn10@gmail.com


Glimpses of Community Empowerment – Then and Now – in an area of Central Tottenham

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 11am at the main gates of Lordship Rec, Lordship Lane, N17 6AE

Visit Tower Gardens Estate, Broadwater Farm Estate and Lordship Recreation Ground to see some of the fruits of decades of organised community initiative, mutual aid, solidarity and campaigning to improve the local area. Come and share your own experiences, anecdotes and views about ommunity empowerment in Tottenham, and the need for more of it! Ends 1pm at The Hub Community Cafe in Lordship Rec.

Wheelchair accessible

Walk leader: Dave Morris, Chair of the Friends of Lordship Rec – dmorris@onetel.com


Finsbury Park Tree Trail

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 10.50am for 11am start by the boating lake cafe entrance

Did you know there is a Giant Redwood tree in Finsbury Park? If you’d like to find out more, we'd like you to join us for a guided walk around some of the trees in Finsbury Park. The Tree Trail was created by the Friends of Finsbury Park to help park users to identify some of the most common trees in the park. The trail showcases 16 trees on a mile long route through the park. A leaflet showing the route will be provided and we will also follow the route on a the TiCL smartphone app. There are many classic British trees including an oak, copper beech, horse chestnut, holly and silver birch. Our favourites include a plane tree, the willow and the distinctly non-native giant redwood, which is hidden away in a copse close to Manor House gate. We'll also take a quick look at some of the new trees that were planted this spring and one or two hidden gems by the bowling green and in the American Garden. So, if you'd like to stretch your legs and learn about trees at the same time, we hope you can join us.

The walk should take no longer than one hour and a half

For more information please email: thefriendsoffinsburypark@gmail.com


Tottenham Green Hearts

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 12 noon near the wooden Green Room structure at the north end of Tottenham Green

A guided walk around community gardens in the Tottenham Green area Broadwater Farm Estate glimpsed across the meadows in Lordship Rec Sunday starting from and returning to Tottenham Green's Sunday market. Getting back to the Green with plenty of time to shop and lunch at the Market.

Contact: jehanna@gn.apc.org


North Tottenham Heritage Restoration

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 11am outside White Hart Lane station

Tour of the Heritage Lottery funded townscape heritage initiative. Learn about the forthcoming improvements to 28 historic buildings and shop fronts along the High Road, in one of Haringey’s most important Conservation Areas. We will look at nearby regeneration projects and discuss how we can improve the area and make it an even better place for everyone.

All on pavements and level surfaces

Contact: Catherine Cavanagh, Haringey Council at: catherine.cavanagh@haringey.gov.uk


Discover the History of Priory Park

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 11.25am at the Park entrance at the corner of Middle Lane and Priory Road N8 7LA

The walk is designed for Children aged 7 to 12, who must be accompanied by an adult. This walk is organised by Hornsey Historical Society and led by Jennifer Bell and Janet Owen. This will be an interactive, fun walk – youngsters will visit all parts of the Park, hear about how it developed over time and have the chance to complete specially prepared sheets, so they will remember what they have learned. Please bring pens or pencils!

Duration: about 90 minutes

Maximum numbers: 10 adults + up to 15 children

Souvenir packs will be available for £5 each

Contact: secretary@hornseyhistorical.org.uk or jennifer26bell@gmail.com


The Trees of Bruce Castle Park

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 11am in front of Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU

The Tottenham Trees Group invites you on a walk looking at the majestic trees in Bruce Castle Park. Highlights include Tottenham’s oldest Tree (an Oak), a Tulip Tree and an Indian Bean Tree. Learn too about the Charter for Trees, Woods and People which will be launched in 2017.

The walk will be led by Stephen Middleton and last about 90 minutes

Contact: tottenhamtrees@gmail.com or visit: www.tottenhamtrees.org


The Sandlings to Lordship Rec

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 1.00pm at the Sandbunker Community Centre on the Sandlings Estate, situated on the left side of the estate coming in from Glynne Road end near car park N22 6XS

Walk open to anyone, especially estate residents, who are not familiar with Downhills Park or Lordship Rec and the Hub.

Walk finishes around 4.15pm at Lordship Rec Hub for a social coffee/tea. Hope to see loads of walkers!!!

Contact: Ginny, Secretary of Residents Assocn, 0208 826 0317


Tottenham Marshes and River walk

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 1.00pm at the W3 bus terminus at Northumberland Park

The walk will cross the railway, then go through the short industrial area to Tottenham Marshes, in which we can enjoy the autumn colours, ending at the Waterside Cafe by Stonebridge Lock (approx half an hour). Then there will be time to have something to eat and drink and maybe individually stroll a little way beside the river (1 hour). At 2.30pm, the group will walk back to the bus terminus.

Contact: Bob Lindsay-Smith, 07792 860565 or boblsmith@clara.co.uk


Autumn Wonders! Colours of Nature: a Photography Walk in Coldfall Wood

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 2.00pm at the west entrance to Coldfall Wood on Creighton Avenue, opposite Fortismere School, N10 1NT

Capture the colours of autumn on your camera or mobile phone.

We avoid steps, but paths are uneven and may not be suitable for wheelchairs

Contact info@coldfallwoods.co.uk if you require assistance. For more information and to book a place, visit www.coldfallwoods.co.uk


The New River in Haringey

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 2.00pm where Green Lanes crosses the New River (N4 1DA). 250m up the hill from Harringay Green Lanes Station towards Manor House Tube

Follow the New River through the middle of Haringey. The walk takes you along green spaces, across the North Circular to Palmers Green. History is written in the route and buildings of the New River. Some of these paths are a great and green way of getting around Haringey.

About 3.5 miles, 2 hours. Return by train or bus.

Contact: New River Action Group. Bob Hare 07870 157 703 or mail@newriver.org.uk or http://www.newriver.org.uk


Parkland Walk 2

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 2.30pm at the Finsbury Park end of the Walk, at the end of Oxford Road, where the footbridge from Finsbury Park crosses the main railway line N4 3EY

London's longest nature reserve follows the route of the old railway line from Finsbury Park to Muswell Hill. It is in two parts, connected by paths in Queen's Wood and Highgate Wood. The walk will have two groups. The 'fast' group will go along the 4 miles of both sections of the Parkland Walk, and continue on to Alexandra Palace for refreshments and a breathtaking view. The 'slow' group will follow behind, with a more leisurely walk finishing at the Highgate tunnels. The walk is full of variety. Dense tree-lined avenues, punctuated by open glades, finally brings you to the old railway viaduct in Muswell Hill with expansive views of London. The Guardian selected Parkland Walk as one of the finest walks in London. Look out for signs of the railway like the platforms of the old Crouch End station, and Marilyn Collin's evocative sculpture of 'The Spriggan', a legendary creature of faery lore. The Friends of the Parkland Walk running this walk will answer questions.

Contact: info@parkland-walk.org.uk


Explore the Park at Ally Pally 2

Sunday 2nd October

Meet at 3pm at the Park Information Centre in The Grove N10 2QA (just up from the Grove Car Park toward Muswell Hill)

The walk will take you through the southern part of Alexandra Park to appreciate its scale and setting for the Palace, see evidence of its history, like the racecourse and the remains of the outdoor swimming pool, and learn a little about the many species of plants, insects, birds and animals which thrive there.

The walk will take about an hour and a half. It finishes at the eastern park entrance. Wheelchair access is possible with some diversions, though not all on paved paths.

Email the Friends of Alexandra Park at allyparkn10@gmail.com


Crouch End Walks

Do you want to know more about where you live? Crouch End Walks will give you an informative and entertaining way in to your neighbourhood through friendly professional walking tours. We have walks on Muswell Hill, Highgate, Stroud Green, Crouch End in World War One, Archway, and tours around Hornsey Town Hall, a modernist masterpiece in our midst.

Full information at: https://crouchendwalks.com

As well as scheduled walks, we offer unique private tours or treasure hunts for a birthday, anniversary or employment-related event.

Contact us at: crouchendwalks@btinternet.com or phone 07986 504894

Part of Haringey Walks, Funded by Haringey London, Supported by Smarter Travel