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.
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.
Step free access
Access for people with mobility problems is not perfect and could be improved with further investment. The whole route now has a firm surface with step-free access at some locations for people with mobility impairments.
There is almost level access at the Oxford Road entrance, at the Finsbury Park end and at Blythwood Road, with a reasonably firm surface between. But there are some rough bricks protruding in places and a few slopes that may be too steep for wheelchairs. There is a steep slope at Holmesdale Road and some localised short, steep sections. Other entrances are via steps up embankments or down the sides of cuttings. The Islington section (south of Haslemere Road) has a surfaced access ramp. After prolonged bouts of wet weather some parts of the path can get muddy with pools of water collecting.
What's to see along the way
The leaflet above is one we hope to revise and have reprinted. Click on the image to download a pdf. 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.
CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE MAP showing a simplified version of the above. The leaf locations on the map refer to the same marker posts on the walk which are marked on the leaflet above.
Getting between the two sections
There are three options:
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: 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 or bear right eand keep Muswell Hill Road in sight on your right. 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: 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.
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