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Parkland Walk

Parkland Walk is London’s longest nature reserve. It's a great place to explore on foot or by bike.

General information

  • Parkland Walk is a 4.5 mile linear green walkway which follows the course of the railway that used to run between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. (view a map of the route on the Friends of the Parkland Walk website.)
  • It is open to both walkers and cyclists and is a chance to enjoy a tranquil place in the heart of the city.
  • Along the Islington stretch of the Parkland Walk, look out for 'The Spriggon' sculpture, embodying the 'spirit of place', emerging from beneath an arch.
  • The Islington stretch is also very important for a range of wildlife and includes the borough’s only area of acidic grassland which is home to several rare plants and insects.
  • The walk is managed by both Islington Council and Haringey Council.

Opening hours

Parkland Walk is an open site.

Getting there

The Islington part of Parkland Walk can be accessed from Crouch Hill (near Ella Road) and Blythwood Road. 

Nearest stations: Finsbury Park

Buses: W7


Parts of Parkland Walk are suitable for disabled access. Please contact us for further information (see details below). 


Dogs are allowed in Parkland Walk. Please pick up after your dog.

Getting involved

The Friends of the Parkland Walk is a community group working to enhance and protect the site. 

Islington Council’s Nature Reserves Volunteer Group meets every Thursday from 10am to 3.30pm and carries out work on our three nature reserves. Activities are varied and include cutting meadows, weeding the wildlife garden, coppicing trees, cutting back bramble and pond maintenance. No experience is needed and all tools are provided.

For more information email

Parkland Walk education pack

The pack is a resource for teachers or group leaders. It provides some themed self-guided activities to enable groups to use Parkland Walk as an educational resource.

Produced by Islington council, Haringey Council and Railway Fields, the pack can be downloaded for free - see 'Useful documents' below for links to the PDFs. 

Contact us

Islington Ecology Centre
191 Drayton Park
N5 1PH 

Tel: 020 7527 4374 


Text: 'Greenspace' + your message to 80800

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