Places where we walk
We are so lucky in this area as we have some great dog walking places in North London. . We don’t like to stray too far from the base, and there is no need if I may share with you some of the delights of walking in these places.
Highgate Wood – North London
Highgate Woods is a beautiful area of ancient woodland that, for the wildlife lover, is the perfect place to wander around, whatever the weather. You might be tempted to let your dog off its lead, but it’s probably better to keep them on it. With many managed woodland trails, this is a great place to park the car and spend a good amount of time tramping around the woods through the most beautiful scenery. It is not all trees, though, with a welcoming café and toilet facilities plus a playground for the kids to use if they need a little diversion. The whole area is a site of historical importance and has won Green Flag awards for the sympathetic maintenance that goes on all year round.
Due to Highgate Woods being a family park and the fact it can get very busy, especially at weekends, it is important to make sure you have a dog that is not inclined to jump up on people, especially children.
Coldfall Woods, East Finchley
This is another favourite haunt of ours that consists of some 14 hectares of ancient woodland in the Muswell Hill / East Finchley area of North London. It’s actually a historically significant place relating to the Ice Age. Most people would be surprised to know that evidence has been found in these woods that glaciers once reached this part of the country. Nowadays, there is much work going on to protect and preserve the trees, and coppicing is an ongoing process. This hard work where certain trees are removed for the benefit of others is actually carried out using a heavy horse to drag the wood away. Read about our Coldfall Woods Walk
On the southern edge of Barnet, just off the Totteridge Lane is another place where we love to take our dogs. There is a long stretch of public, open green space, which includes the Whetstone Strays. This is a delightful wooded area with Dollis Brook running right through the middle of it. The 10-mile long riverside walk, known as the Dollis Valley Greenwalk, runs alongside the brook stretching from Mill Hill to the northern edge of Hampstead Heath. This is a beautifully maintained, waymarked path which we love using. It’s just one of those places where you can enjoy walking the dogs, yet, at any minute, you might be lucky enough to see a Kingfisher. An enchanting place, to be sure.