WhetstoneWood Green

Whewoo one
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

9km/5mi

Ascent

54m

Descent

104m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Whetstone and Wood Green.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Whetstone and Wood Green.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 7

Surveys

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Description Note
Grade 1: Entirely smooth and compacted surfaces.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Not present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Not present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Not present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Not present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Maybe present Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Not present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 38.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 12.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 5.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 1.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

40.0% of the route is on roads (1)

60.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

100.0% of the route is paved (1)

There is no data on muddiness

There is no data on rough ground

There is no data on long grass

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1 surveys

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1X September 2021 by Colini69
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Maximum elevation

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Start and end points

Whetstone
Grid Ref TQ2613193937
Lat / Lon 51.63012° / -0.17904°
Easting / Northing 526,131E / 193,937N
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Wood Green
Grid Ref TQ3101190407
Lat / Lon 51.59728° / -0.10990°
Easting / Northing 531,011E / 190,407N
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Whewoo One's land is

Green urban 6.1%
Urban 93.9%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Andrew Sheldon

13 Nov 2022

A route that fits the pattern of many in North London: slightly awkward sections through streets around the start and end points with a glorious green walk in the middle.

The route starts at Wood Green Tube and finds its way largely through off-street alleys to Bounds Green Road. After passing Bounds Green Tube, it turns through residential streets to cross the North Circular road via the footbridge at the corner with Bowes Road and Wilmer Way before entering Arnos Park and following the Pymmes Way to Oak Hill Park. The last section returns to the streets en route to Whetstone station.

Given the route constraints around the start and end points, there is little that can be done to significantly improve the route without, perhaps, adding a reasonable amount of extra distance. Both ends of the route include steps so make it unsuitable for wheels.

There are a few minor points that might marginally improve the route: turning at Bounds Green Tube to head down Brownlow Road and crossing the North Circular at the lights rather than using the footbridge could be an option that would avoid some of the awkward streets north of Bounds Green while the short leg into Oak Hill Park feels a little unnecessary.


Jo Wood

17 Sep 2022

A pleasant and interesting walk across changing urban demographics from urban centre to outer London suburbia. Fascinating to see how London changes along the length of this walk. If you like your walks to have a narrative arc, I'd recommend doing this from Wood Green to Whetstone.

Wood Green is a typically vibrant and grimy local urban centre with a few hidden gems (photo 1). The route soon gives way to a more suburban feel with classic north London 30s architecture including its tube stations (photo 2). Much of the route shadows the Piccadilly line both below and above ground. Not long after Bounds Green Station the route takes you along quieter roads leading to the passage between terraces (photo 3) reminiscent of the Haringay Ladder on neighbouring #WooDal Two.

You are thrust back on to the main road as you cross the North Circular (photo 5) but thankfully soon return to quieter roads before joining the wonderful Arnos Grove Park (photos 6 and 7). This is an unexpectedly secluded green space bound by mature trees with still a sense of 'country estate' to it despite being surrounded on all sides by main roads and housing. The path and brook makes this an easy stretch to navigate in pleasant surroundings.

From here onwards the route carefully sticks to ribbons of green space for a few km, only leaving it for the final climb through well-to-do suburbia as you approach Totteridge and the end of the walk.


Strider

30 Dec 2021

I walked from Whetstone to Wood Green. After a short walk with some steps through suburban residential streets you pass a café at the entrance to Oakhill Park. At the bottom of the park a right turn takes you onto the Pymme's Brook Path which is signposted. This is a lovely section of almost 3Km along a tarmacked path alongside the brook through parkland. Then more suburban streets and along the unpleasant A109 past Bounds Green station, there are some nice cut-throughs (more steps) before a high street to Wood Green Station.
Apart from 2 sets of steps this can be done by wheels although the photo shows that prams can navigate the steps.


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