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Slow Ways linking Dalston and Angel, Bethnal Green, Highbury & Islington Station, Liverpool Street Station, Stratford, Walthamstow, Wood Green

England / Greater London / Dalston

Dalston’s seven Slow Ways are 100% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 7/7
and surveyed: 7/7

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Dalston from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Angel—Dalston
Angdal one Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 9m Descent 23m
Angel—Dalston
Angdal two Survey me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent 17m Descent 38m
Dalston—Bethnal Green
Dalbet one Enjoy me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent 12m Descent 5m
Dalston—Stratford
Dalstr one Enjoy me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 21m Descent 36m
Dalston—Walthamstow
Dalwal one Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 37m Descent 40m
Dalston—Walthamstow
Dalwal two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 21m Descent 24m
Highbury & Islington Station—Dalston
Higdal one Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 5m Descent 19m
Highbury & Islington Station—Dalston
Higdal two Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Highbury & Islington Station—Dalston
Higdal three Verify me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent - Descent -
Liverpool Street Station—Dalston
Livdal one Enjoy me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent 12m Descent 7m
Wood Green—Dalston
Woodal one Verify me Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 39m Descent 36m
Wood Green—Dalston
Woodal two Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

90% of Dalston’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

12/12

drawn

12/12

reviewed

9/12

surveyed

10/12

verified

22 people have contributed to Dalston’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

9 people have surveyed a route in Dalston

59km out of 59km have been walked and reviewed

209km of reviews have been shared in Dalston

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Of interest is the Haringay Passage but some wheelchair users may struggle due to deny access bollards placing very central....

Colini69

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Just adding a +1 to the earlier reviews: if you have the choice, start at Dalston and head southward (this is a very straight route): as you walk the architecture changes every ten minutes or so as you pass domestic houses, flats, converted warehouses and then the shiny towers of Broadgate and Liverpool street - sort of an architectural history of London....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern surveyed Dalstr one

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An addition is that I hit the stadium on a major sports fixture day, and the bridges 3 and 1 which the route crosses are only accessible if you have a match ticket. But the park allows a number of pleasant alternatives....

Martin McGovern

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This was an easy to follow and safe urban route...

Dan Barron

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This is an easy to follow, safe and direct route taking the quieter streets between Dalston and Liverpool Street. Less people, less cars, less pollution, it’s so much nicer than taking the busier main road. Easy to reach refreshments and some pockets of green along the way make for a good walk....

Dan Barron

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A pleasant, safe and fairly direct London route cutting through some lovely green space. Note that this route won’t always be possible after dusk as Victoria Park gets closed at night time. It’s fairly straight forward to route yourself around it though....

Dan Barron

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I’ve walked this route many times as a direct route between Highbury corner and Dalston, most recently on Saturday morning. It’s safe, direct and easy to follow, with plenty of bus stops and shops along the way. Depending on the time of day it can be busy with London traffic....

Dan Barron

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pmostert surveyed Angdal one

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It follows quiet roads almost entirely, and most - if not all of it - is a cycleway, so there are more people on bikes in the roads than people driving....

mtormey

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I enjoyed this route, it goes ‘behind the scenes’ away from the main roads, in a part of London developed about 200 years ago. The path alongside the New River was closed for restoration but it was easy enough to follow along the streets. It is a bit indirect and for anyone wanting to go ‘straight there’ it may be better to use Higdal Three....

Jane Taylor

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Slow Ways Darren took this photo on Dalwal two

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This is a great route and quite accessible; although there are some steep ramps over foot bridges, and a low bridge (1.5m high) to duck under....

Slow Ways Darren

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Simon Fitzmaurice took this photo on Angdal two

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Some very nice excursions towards local parks (Colebrooke Gardens, Union Street, Wilton Square etc), and some great spots to stop for a coffee or refreshments (we recommend The ARC Centre cafe on Packington Street)....

Simon Fitzmaurice

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Dalston—Walthamstow

Peter van Tongeren pledged to walk Dalwal two

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A really great route that mostly goes through green spaces and backroads! Defo recommend...

Saira

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Angel—Dalston

Simon Fitzmaurice pledged to walk Angdal two

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This is a great route going through plenty of green space, along the river and past the marshes and through Hackney Downs too. There is a low bridge that many people will have to stoop to walk under at the marshes end of Coppermill Lane....

Dan Barron

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This makes a difference when you get to Mare Street - I followed the pavement and to cross Mare Street you need to walk south about 50 metres to get to a Pelikan crossing and then it makes more sense to walk down Wadeson Street rather than doubling back to go down Vyner Street....

porcovolente

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I feel a little mean giving this only 3 stars as it is a perfectly pleasant walk with some interesting stretches such as the New River walk. Perfectly safe and pleasant, but next time I'd probably just walk the simpler short distance up St Paul's Road and join the New River Path from there....

Jo Wood

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A picturesque route avoiding busy roads, much of which is along the attractive Regents Canal towpath. Just as you finally leave/enter the canal path at Angle, its worth having a peer down the mile long canal tunnel (no towpath, so looking only)....

Jo Wood

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Most of the route passes through Georgian and early Victorian grand terraces and squares with wide, quiet roads....

Jo Wood

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The GPX though London Fields park is slightly more circuitous than it need be, but line of sight to the Broadway market corner makes it easy to follow a slightly more direct route along the paths....

Jo Wood

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A great urban SlowWay being direct, largely away from motor traffic, full of interesting urban detail and variety....

Jo Wood

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Highbury & Islington Station—Dalston

mtormey added Higdal three, a new walk from Highbury & Islington Station to Dalston

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It's very snakey, which just is a bit annoying because I had to be constantly watching my phone to ensure I stayed on the route....

mtormey

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My only beef is that there's SO many places where this route favours quiet streets or green spaces instead of directness....

mtormey

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I thought I'd attempt the walk that just follows the main road direct between these two points to see how it was....

mtormey

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A really enjoyable walk that takes in the marshes, River Lee, and Millfields Park and Hackney Down green spaces. The route is mainly paved or gravel track, however parts of Hackney Marsh are grassland....

Tom

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The only change I would have made is using Duncan Street near Angel, to not have to go past the really busy A501/City Road for a little bit. The nicest bit was the canal....

Derick Rethans

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I enjoyed this mostly quiet and easy to follow route. The only place I had to do some navigating on my own was in St Paul's Gardens just like the other reviewer....

Derick Rethans

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You do have to pay attention getting onto the canal from Angel, I find, but once you're there it's easy autopilot walking with a lot of buddleia!...

Hannah

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A great route, dodging rainclouds from the super-shiny world of Stratford and Westfield, through the still-very-neat Olympic park with Anish Kapoor's Orbit tower, over East London canals and touching on Fish Island....

Hannah

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Easy to navigate, past the old Moleman house on the corner of Mortimer Road (Google it!), across the canal, past where the all-drinks-are-99p bar used to be in Old Street, and all of a sudden you're in through the bankers' back door of Liverpool St Station. Memory lane!...

Hannah

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The route was flat and mostly through parks. Quite easy to navigate...

Tim

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After some busy streets there are suburban roads before Hackney Downs. More suburban roads then the canal....

Strider

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Opening Hours: Finsbury Park is open all day and night, but Clissold Park and Butterfield Green close shortly after sunset, so a detour would be needed for nighttime walking....

Jane Taylor

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Wood Green—Dalston

Strider added Woodal two, a new walk from Wood Green to Dalston

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Highbury & Islington Station—Dalston

Strider added Higdal two, a new walk from Highbury & Islington Station to Dalston

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Around the corner there is a small park, then further on along quiet roads is the entrance to the New River Walk, a lovely meander alongside the river....

Strider

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From busy Dalston Station (shops & cafes) there is a busy urban road, turn right past a church to Butterfield Green a lovely park, then a play space and another small park before another road, a quiet one this time. Exiting the park another wide quiet road leads to Finsbury Park a large open park with lots of sports facilities....

Strider

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Alongside a Park past a museum (closed atm) the into quiet back streets through well kept housing estates down to the canal....

Strider

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The high street by Dalston station is busy and has many shops, but you are soon away on a long quiet road. Having got used to the quiet streets, emerging close to Highbury Corner is an assault on the senses....

Strider

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The route takes you through London Fields and Victoria Park which are easy to navigate and beautiful to walk through....

Slow Ways Darren

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Slow Ways Darren took this photo on Dalstr one

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Good route, direct, follows fairly quiet, attractive back roads, and ignores the obvious direct route up the A10. Routes via de Beauvoir town, Hoxton, and Shoreditch. Plenty of refreshments on the way....

Jane Taylor

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The section of Well Street used is a main thoroughfare out of London so frequently very busy with traffic so I would suggest a detour to avoid it: travelling from Stratford - after Well Street Common and Church Crescent I would turn right into Terrace Road, left into Elsdale Street, left into Loddiges Road and across Mare Street into London Lane....

porcovolente

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It's not as direct as walking down busy Kingsland Road and Shoreditch High Street, but it's much quieter and less polluted....

danravenellison

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Be aware that Walthamstow marshes get very wet and in winter can be completely flooded. Also dogs are not allowed across and there is a kissing gate at the far end....

Stuart

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Dalston—Walthamstow

Stuart added Dalwal two, a new walk from Dalston to Walthamstow

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Dalston

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Angel—Dalston

[email protected] added Angdal two, a new walk from Angel to Dalston

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Quiet back street route, good on foot or bike though I slightly prefer going via Northchurch and Culford Roads with their pretty front gardens. Either way stop for coffee at Dalston in the back yard of the Dusty Knuckle bakery https://g.co/kgs/qnbYZ2....

Judith Grieves

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Direct but relatively quiet route, as it follows along one of the core cycle routes in London (CS1) so limited through traffic on these roads...

Acartner

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Therefore, it is not the most pleasant walk (the section on the main road) but the parks and residential bits are fine....

v199629

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Angel—Dalston

Slow Ways added Angdal one, a new walk from Angel to Dalston

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Dalston—Bethnal Green

Slow Ways added Dalbet one, a new walk from Dalston to Bethnal Green

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Dalston—Stratford

Slow Ways added Dalstr one, a new walk from Dalston to Stratford

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Dalston—Walthamstow

Slow Ways added Dalwal one, a new walk from Dalston to Walthamstow

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Highbury & Islington Station—Dalston

Slow Ways added Higdal one, a new walk from Highbury & Islington Station to Dalston

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Liverpool Street Station—Dalston

Slow Ways added Livdal one, a new walk from Liverpool Street Station to Dalston

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Wood Green—Dalston

Slow Ways added Woodal one, a new walk from Wood Green to Dalston

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Dalston’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ3357184787

Lat / Lon

51.54618° / -0.07509°

Easting / Northing

533,571E / 184,787N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Dalston's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

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