Nature/ Wildlife Areas in London

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Nature & Wildlife Areas in London

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  • allgoodnamesgone
    Walnut Creek, CA654 contributions
    The heath was our reason to stay in Highgate. We have done several trips to London over the years. We are cheap travelers and find we can stop in London for a few and then cheap fly somewhere else in Europe. So the park has several ponds and tons of hiking trails. Dogs are everywhere, so if this is a concern for you, keep in mind. I love dogs. On a nice day or two nothing beats a walk in the park. We also stopped at Kenwood house. It was a very nice visit. I would not stop for coffee/tea there as it was a bit of a zoo.
    Written May 2, 2022
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  • Bicknela
    London, UK44 contributions
    These wetlands are a valuable resource for the wildlife and also for people. A serene place to walk in, with fully accessible paths, mature trees and greenery plus the delight of seeing a varied collection of bird life. On a cloudy day in May it was a delightful place to wander in.
    Well signed with information on the species seen and their vulnerability. While May is not an ideal time for interesting bird visitors, we were told by helpful staff of the very active Sand Martins.
    The practical facilities were excellent, clean toilets, excellent restaurant and a well stocked shop with fun and useful items. Odd perks, like being able to hire binoculars seemed helpful.
    Written May 4, 2022
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  • hilary d
    London, UK547 contributions
    We drove to Walthamstow Wetlands from Southgate to meet our daughter.We had some lunch in the cafe,went to the viewing platform and then went for a walk,a very pleasant afternoon,will return when the sun makes an appearance!

    parking isnt free.
    Written January 23, 2022
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  • Wandering Wonderings
    Hastings, UK3,206 contributions
    Beautiful little place to sit and enjoy a drink or two and watch the world go by. Very busy when we went in August, but managed to find a spot to watch the world go by from.
    Written April 12, 2021
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  • St_Matty
    Houston, TX4,832 contributions
    It is nice to have an area like this just around the corner from you, where you can go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air. There are plenty of different trails and wide open spaces, you can even walk along the canal path and see the barges.
    The area is very clean and well kept, there is a cafe between Edmonton and Tottenham Hale if you want to stop for a break. Plenty of people go to walk their dogs there. It is a good place to get away from city life.
    I only have one negative observation, people come here to enjoy the peace and quiet, but there were people cycling around with music on extremely loud, spoiling it for others.
    Written May 15, 2022
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  • Elaine M
    4 contributions
    I visited to attend a walk entitled "Relicts and Wives - a grave matter". Although it was 2 hours the time just flew by as a great deal of social history was revealed to us. Eliza Best of Bryant & May factory strike fame, Clara Grant, the inventor of the 'Farthing bundles' for poor children, Lucy Sherrard Atkinson who followed her husband across the steppes of Tartar and supported his travel writing only to discover at his death that she was the 2nd Mrs Atkinson and the 1st wife was still alive. No wonder he gave her no credit for her contribution in his writings! The fascinating stories go on and on - plus it is a beautiful oasis of calm and green. It is surprising how much birdsong we heard given that this is within a very busy part of the steaming metropolis.

    Visit soon - am sure you will be hooked like me!
    Written March 28, 2022
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  • Emily
    London, UK161 contributions
    Great location, some stunning open views, as well as some more secluded woodland.
    Plenty of footpaths and all well maintained.
    Some paths muddy & more difficult to traverse so recommend sensible footwear.
    Written April 9, 2022
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  • Tring4
    Tring, UK613 contributions
    Great place to have a brief walk and feel like your not in London! Lovely cafe as well round the reservoir and very kid friendly and lots of animals to see as well.
    Written November 16, 2019
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  • leuveen
    United Kingdom1,045 contributions
    Great place for a walk, picnic or anything else you can think of. Quiet and peaceful, with plenty of paths. Literally a forest in the middle of the city - great for all nature-lovers!
    Written June 29, 2021
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  • Akroken
    23 contributions
    Small supermarket with all you need, urgently or for your daily shopping. Nice staff and easy to check out through the self service cashier.
    Written March 8, 2020
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  • layla d
    London, UK2 contributions
    Lovely spot to spot frogs and other wildlife right in the centre of Chiswick. We had a lovely time exploring even in the rain. Recommend if you live in the area
    Written March 14, 2022
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  • Brian T
    London, UK5,502 contributions
    London is full of interesting and bizarre curiosities, and if things like that are of great interest to you, here is one you really should go out of your way to see, and be amused by.

    Tucked away in leafy Honor Oak Park, in suburban South London, One Tree Hill is one of London’s hidden gems. But let’s be upfront from the start. The name of the nature reserve seems a bit misleading, as there’s not a lone, graceful tree standing stark and solitary on a bare steep hill. In fact the hill is covered with hundreds of trees, and it’s only about 300 feet tall. The wooded area is a surviving fragment of the much larger Great North Wood that once stretched from near Deptford to Croydon. However, these hundreds of trees are all apparently inferior to one special tree in particular, found right at the summit. That tree is the Oak of Honor.

    The Oak of Honor marks the boundary of the ancient Honor of Gloucester in the Norman times. This Oak, important because of its positioning at the top of the summit, was deemed so consequential that it gave the area, Honor Oak Park, its name. 

    The current tree, planted in 1905, is actually the third to bear the name. The fate of the original oak is unknown, and the second was struck by lightning in the 1880s, leaving just a stump. You can’t miss the tree; it’s surrounded by a hexagonal railing with a small plaque retelling the Elizabeth story (read on).

    But it’s the legends surrounding the Oak of Honor and the hill on which it sits which make it great. Legend has it that the tree really earned its name from the occasion when, on May 1, 1602, Queen Elizabeth I took a picnic under the oak while on her way to nearby Lewisham. Some continue the legend with the notion that the queen got drunk during her picnic and knighted the tree, bestowing upon it the title of ‘Honor’. Another legend tells how the hill was the site of the last, fateful battle between Queen Boudicca and the Romans in 61 CE. Rumour even suggests that highwayman Dick Turpin used to watch for potential targets or pursuers from the summit. Believe what you want!

    The tree is not the only curiosity at the top of the hill. You will see an octagonal platform, in a somewhat poor state of repair. Handy as it is for making the most of the view, it was built in WWI to mount a gun for countering Zeppelin attacks. That gun was apparently replaced by a ‘Seat of Peace’ after the war (whatever that was, as it too is long gone). Today, it’s just the somewhat ugly and decrepit concrete base that’s left, but well situated for you to clamber up onto and take in the views.
    There’s also a tall beacon next to this platform. It was built to celebrate George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935, and was last lit during the Queen’s coronation in 1953. 

    But the crowning glory of the walk up to the hill’s summit has to be the view of the London skyline. Indeed, on a clear day, many landmarks of Central London are all easily visible; there’s also a helpful information board nearby to help you identify the skyline’s landmarks, and there’s some seats right in front of of the view so you can relax awhile. The panorama of London’s contemporary skyline framed by leafy trees really does make it one of the best views of the city, to the point that it feels like a real-life trompe l’oeil – as if someone’s painted the scenery, thinking as much about the presentation and the composition, then hung it up for all of us to see.

    Come here for some of the best views of the city and some rather curious tales about that tree.  The site is relatively easy to get to, a 10 minute walk from the Overground and National Rail station of Honor Oak Park. The paths up the hill are quite steep so may not be suitable for those requiring mobility assistance.
    Written March 18, 2021
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  • Velanni
    London, UK17 contributions
    Lovely park with plenty of shady trees and bench seating. Perfect for picnicking or spending a sunny afternoon in the middle of the nature.
    Written November 15, 2021
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  • SophiaB
    London, UK115 contributions
    Wonderful views from the top of Stave Hill especially today (the warmest day of the year so far) as the sun was setting. I also enjoyed walking through the ecological gardens, which is refreshing for the middle of London. Worth a visit if you are near the area.
    Written June 1, 2021
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  • Llewellyn
    35 contributions
    Nestled by Arsenal London Underground station, Gillespie Park is a picturesque woodland and park, sculptures, wildlife and security make for a great visit. I like that there is a dog free area and this is made clear. There are unusual varieties of squirrells and the woodlands offer shelter in case of inclement weather. More benches would be an improvement.
    Written June 19, 2021
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