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Parkland Walk Islington

Summary

The Parkland Walk is the disused track of the former Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace Railway. The first section of the line was in use by 1867, with the final section completed by 1873. Use of the line diminished by the 1920s and the last passenger train ran in 1954, with the tracks finally lifted in 1971. In 1990 it was declared a Local Nature Reserve and laid out as a public walk, with former railway structures still visible.

Basic Details

Site location:
Access: Crouch Hill, Mountview Road, Archway Road

Postcode:
N8/N19/N4 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Open Land

Date(s):
1867; 1976-1990s

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Islington

Site ownership:
LB Islington & LB Haringey

Site management:
Parks Departments of both boroughs; Friends of the Parkland Walk

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:
Organised walks and events

Public transport:
Tube: Finsbury Park (Victoria) then bus. London Overground: Crouch Hill. Bus: W7, W5, W3; 43, 134, 263 (Archway Road); 41, 91 (Crouch End Hill)

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/12/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.islington.gov.uk; www.haringey.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ284882 (west) / TQ313873 (east)

Size in hectares:
4.5miles (2.1 in LB Islington)

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Metropolitan

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
Yes

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Local Nature Reserve. Local/Strategic view corridor

Fuller information

The Parkland Walk spans two boroughs, LB Haringey and LB Islington, and is the disused track of the former Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace Railway. The first section of the railway line was in use by 1867, with the final section completed by 1873 and opened to serve Alexandra Palace. When it was constructed the railway was surrounded by fields. By the 1920s use of the line had diminished considerably as other forms of transport became popular and the last passenger train ran in 1954, with the tracks finally lifted in 1971. The majority of the land fell within the borough of Haringey, with a smaller section in the borough of Islington; in 1976 both Borough Councils purchased the land in their areas. Plans in the late 1980s to build along the former track were countered by a vociferous local and national campaign as a result of which it was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1990 and laid out as a public walk. Along the way former railway bridges are crossed or passed beneath, and sections of platform and brick vaulting are visible.

In the Islington section the route is in three parts between two road bridges at Crouch Hill and Mount View Road. Woodland is on either side of the track. In addition to creation of the pathway, some tree-planting has taken place together with artistic interventions such as the curious sculpted figure that emerges from a brick archway.

Sources consulted:

Michael Waite, John Archer, 'Nature Conservation in Islington', Ecology Handbook 19 (London Ecology Unit, 1992)

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