The whole route now has a largely firm surface with many points of access. There is step-free access at some locations for people with mobility impairments.
Access for those using wheelchairs
There is almost level access at the Oxford Road entrance at the Finsbury Park end to the east and at Blythwood Road. There are some rough bricks protruding in places and due to wear and tear the surface is uneven in places. There is a steep slope at Holmesdale Road, Highgate. Other entrances are via steps up embankments or down the sides of cuttings. The Islington section at Crouch Hill (south of Haslemere Road) has a surfaced access ramp.
After bouts of wet weather some parts of the path can get very muddy and, until repairs are made, impassable.
Two sections of the Parkland Walk
The Parkland Walk is split into two sections. Parkland Walk North is approximately 750 metres from Cranley Gardens to Muswell Hill and the Southern section at just over 3km runs between Highgate and Finsbury Park.
It is approximately 1.3km - 1.8km between the two sections depending on which route you take, making a total in the region of 5km.
There are a number of options for getting between the two sections. The most scenic route is via Queens Wood and then Highgate Wood. The easier route to follow and the shorter is by joining Archway road and turning right onto Muswell Hill Road. More details are shown further down this article where you can also open up a google map with the route options displayed.
Refreshments and facilities
There are a number of places to stop en route for light meals and refreshments. There are cafes in Highgate, Queens woods Highgate Wood and Finsbury Park. There are a few cafes and eateries on Archway Road between the Boogaloo pub and The Woodman Pub. The Grove Cafe is a short distance further along in Alexandra Park and there are facilities at Alexandra Palace. Plenty of places to dine in Muswell Hill and Crouch End.
Select for an interactive guide. Leaf icons on the map refer to marker posts on the walk and items of interest.
Getting between the two sections
1 Pavement route: Walk from Holmesdale Road uphill along Archway Road to the Woodman pub. Turn right and follow Muswell Hill Road to Cranley Gardens.
2 Highgate Woods route (blue or red route on the Google map): As above, but after turning right at The Woodman, cross over into Highgate Woods. Keep to the left to walk the perimeter that runs parallel to the route of the old railway (red route) or bear right and keep Muswell Hill Road in sight on your right (blue route). Exit at Cranley Gate and turn left. There is an underpass under Muswell Hill Road that puts you on the start of the Walk. (This is the flatter of all the routes)
3 Queens Wood and Highgate Wood (Orange route on the Google map): Follow signs for the Capital Ring. Turn onto Shepherds Hill from Archway Road and after a minute turn left down a narrow path by the library which drops you down onto Priory Gardens. Turn right and cross over and walk up the road. Look out for a small alley on your left leading into Queen's Wood. Follow the path, crossing over Queen's Wood Road. Head straight. The path drops and then climbs bearing off to the left. With any luck you find yourself at the Queen's Wood cafe where you might treat yourself to a light lunch. Past the cafe cross over into Highgate Wood using the pedestrian crossing. Bear right to follow the path along the edge of the wood until you come to Cranley Gate as above.
The leaflet above is a bit out of date but still provides a handy visual guide. Click on the image to download a pdf that you can print off (A3). The numbers on the map correspond to numbered marker posts along the path. Posts 10 and 12 have been vandalised and are yet to be replaced. The map below can be viewed on a mobile device and has similar content.
Tubes and Buses
Southern section (Highgate to Finsbury Park)
This runs from Holmesdale Road (by the Boogaloo pub on Archway Road) to Finsbury Park.
Buses - Highgate: 43, 134 and 263
Tube - Highgate: Northern Line
Buses - Finsbury Park: 210, 236, 253, 254, 259, W3, W7
Tube - Finsbury Park: Victoria and Piccadilly Lines
Northern section (Muswell Hill)
This runs from the top of Cranley Gardens on Muswell Hill Road near the Cranley Gardens Gate of Highgate Wood to Muswell Hill. To reach Alexandra Palace just continue through the underpass in Muswell Hill.
Buses - Muswell Hill Village via Muswell Hill: 144, W7
Buses - Muswell Hill Road (Highgate - Cranley Gardens): 43, 134
Tube - Highgate: Northern Line
The 102 bus also stops in Muswell Hill Village