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Finchley Central

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Slow Ways linking Finchley Central and Brent Cross, Edgware, Hampstead Heath, Whetstone, Wood Green

England / Greater London / Finchley Central

Finchley Central’s five Slow Ways are 95% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 5/5
and surveyed: 4/5

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Slow Way Route To do
Brent Cross—Finchley Central
Brefin one Enjoy me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 54m Descent 16m
Brent Cross—Finchley Central
Brefin two Review me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Edgware—Finchley Central
Edgfin one Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 76m Descent 48m
Finchley Central—Hampstead Heath
Finham one

Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 113m Descent 91m
Finchley Central—Hampstead Heath
Finham two Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
Finchley Central—Whetstone
Finwhe one Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 42m Descent 29m
Finchley Central—Wood Green
Finwoo one

Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 80m Descent 140m
Finchley Central—Wood Green
Finwoo two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

88% of Finchley Central’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

8/8

reviewed

6/8

surveyed

6/8

verified

20 people have contributed to Finchley Central’s Slow Ways

2 people have pledged to walk and review a route

7 people have surveyed a route in Finchley Central

50km out of 50km have been walked and reviewed

215km of reviews have been shared in Finchley Central

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Lovely Ali Pally walk across North London in the evening sunshine with good people - recommend!...

Hannah

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Lovely Ali Pally walk across North London in the evening sunshine with good people - recommend!...

Hannah

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There are toilets at Broadwalk Centre shopping mall in Edgware, and cafes and a petrol station on route, with a chip shop at Salcombe Gardens. I checked the path that links Page Street to Pursley Road that another reviewer mentioned and it's a really good alternative to joining Pursley Road from the roundabouts at the end of Bunns Lane. I assume the mapped route favours accessibility, but I think the rail path is a really good alternative route for those who want it....

Tom

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I took the opportunity to walk around Strphens house and grounds. Been walking the area all year and had never visited this little gem....

Jennifer Godwin

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Very enjoyable , mainly on pavements with a long section through the park and a shorter section through some very beautiful and unexpected woods....

Lara

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Ground underfoot easy, trees particularly beautiful, quiet (though not too quiet), safe and most enjoyable....

Lynda

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I walked this Slow Way with a group, and then walked back by myself, from the end of the Dollis Road, so not all the way to Finchley Station, and slightly extended the route, to take in the Mill Hill Viaduct - an unmissable landmark....

Briege

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The Dollis Hill Brook is one of the most beautiful routes around the area and connects to so many other locations along its length. Lovely and quiet with an abundance of wildlife to enjoy and the sound of the lazy brook is very calming year round. Highly recommend this route....

Ben

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Brent Park and Mutton Brook being the highlights and worth a little A-Road time to connect them. Could find some slightly quieter roads off the main roads between parkland areas - but no major issues....

Ben

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The route follows the Dollis Brook which is safe, easy to walk on and runs alongside the serene water. It's a quiet stretch for relaxation and contemplation. However, I would extend this walk ever so slightly to take you to the end of the Dollis Road in order to experience the redwood trees and see the Mill Hill Viaduct....

Rebecca Lyon

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It invites you to sidestep the busy A roads and take in a range of ecological spaces from the Mutton Brook, College Rare Breeds Farm, the Dollis Brook and Stephen's House and Gardens. I have given it a 4 because there are some busy roads / stretches of suburbia to cross but it is otherwise a fantastic alternative to public transport....

Rebecca Lyon

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There was some grassland to cross on Hampstead Heath Extension which together with the woods in the main crossing of Hampstead Heath would make it very difficult for most wheels. The main Hampstead Heath was lovely, the woods especially, despite the rain, but the extension merely quite nice....

Mary Oz

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The section just after (or before!) Finchley is really nice, off road and goes through a tucked away churchyard....

Jack Cornish

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For me, this is a pretty much perfect Slow Way - an largely off-road route through well-maintained green spaces. The only slight issue could be that along the ground along the Lover's Walk section, is a rather bumpy from green routes pulling up the tarmac....

Jack Cornish

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Address Tiny Forest Barnet Henlys corner near Mutton Brook (https://what3words.com/went.give.torn)...

Paul Salman

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The route doesn’t finish in the correct place, if you are trying to get to the main shopping Centre. The route could also use side roads which a quieter, but this may be longer. Generally, the route is good!...

Paul Salman

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I walked from Church end to Hampstead Heath, there were a few facilities including benches to sit and a lovely view of the pond however, there were rough surfaces such as loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections which you may have to look out for as well as a couple fallen trees and a flight of steps to climb. I would thoroughly recommend the route to someone with the same requirements....

Geneva

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Finchley Central—Hampstead Heath

mtormey added Finham two, a new walk from Finchley Central to Hampstead Heath

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I walked it from Hampstead Heath to Finchley Road on this day. Bigwood Road and Big Wood itself are extremely lovely, as is Little Wood, its neighbour....

mtormey

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It's a perfectly good route, accessible and safe....

mtormey

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Brent Cross—Finchley Central

mtormey added Brefin two, a new walk from Brent Cross to Finchley Central

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(I walked it from Finchley Central to Brent Cross so will describe it that direction). Overall, it's a good and safe route, with half of it quite lovely and the other half perfectly adequate....

mtormey

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Still, I can’t verify, because there are one too many inaccuracies: the paths through Hampstead Heath are very difficult to follow, the route is drawn crossing a field that doesn’t really work in the north Heath Extension, the crossing of the Mutton Brook doesn’t exist as drawn, and you can’t get through the Glenhill Close from the Stephens House....

mtormey

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Finchley Central—Wood Green

Derick Rethans added Finwoo two, a new walk from Finchley Central to Wood Green

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I had some issues near Stephen's House and Gardens as the normal entrance was closed (for repairs), but one further to the East worked as well....

Derick Rethans

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Mostly a nice route, especially the Ally Pally Park, but definitely not walkable through St Pancras and Islington Cemetery. Just like another reviewer, rerouting through Creighton Avenue is desirable, and I've uploaded Finwoo 2 for that....

Derick Rethans

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It's mostly urban pavement walking, with some lovely sections through muddy Coldwall Wood, and along a windy section through Alexandra Park....

Derick Rethans

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After some busy roads leading form Wood Green Station to Alexandra Palace Station you cross a bridge over the railway to Alexandra Park....

Strider

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Then comes Hampstead Heath beautiful, steep and rooty paths quite hard to follow exactly but if you head in the general direction you will get to your destination (the route for Breham across the Heath is close by and easier to follow and walk, orange dots on the OS maps)....

Strider

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This is a pleasant, gentle route mainly following the Dollis Valley Greenwalk between two London Underground stations on the Northern Line (Totteridge & Whetstone and Finchley Central). Cyclists may need to find an alternative route from Finchley Central to the Dollis Valley Greenwalk, but there are plenty of quiet streets to choose from....

Jonathan

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The second 'park' follows the Capital Ring (signposted) for a way along beside busy roads then along the Dollis Valley Greenwalk and through Brent Park to a busy crossing close to Brent Cross Tube....

Strider

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From Finchley Central Tube Station to/from Whetstone Tube Station....

Strider

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It was interesting and adventurous, with abundant unique natural features such as swamp, ponds, forest, and fields....

jbax

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A rural feel to this brookside wander north from Finchley Central, despite being parallel (but two streets from )the main road....

FinchleyLiz

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Coldfall is pretty, but if the route needs to go through Craighton Avenue, it might be more efficient to leave the wood to the side and instead turn south towards Twyford Avenue, Queen's Avenue and Duke's Avenue....

Rafael Goriwoda

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Three stars as suburban pavement walking can be uninspiring, but the route is good....

Strider

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I believe the problem is that the route crosses the Islington & St Pancras Cemetery therefore there are restrictions to access....

Tom

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A little tricky to stay enroute due to the number of junctions to stay on the direct path but easy to follow in terms of the map. A gate was closed (potentially to the general public only) at Avenue House Grounds but it was easy enough to navigate around....

Aligutzu

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Finchley Central

ss791 surveyed Finchley Central

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Brent Cross—Finchley Central

Slow Ways added Brefin one, a new walk from Brent Cross to Finchley Central

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Edgware—Finchley Central

Slow Ways added Edgfin one, a new walk from Edgware to Finchley Central

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Finchley Central—Hampstead Heath

Slow Ways added Finham one, a new walk from Finchley Central to Hampstead Heath

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Finchley Central—Whetstone

Slow Ways added Finwhe one, a new walk from Finchley Central to Whetstone

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Finchley Central—Wood Green

Slow Ways added Finwoo one, a new walk from Finchley Central to Wood Green

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Finchley Central, Tue 18 June

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Finchley Central’s Slow Ways starting point

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TQ2528590691

Lat / Lon

51.60114° / -0.19242°

Easting / Northing

525,285E / 190,691N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Finchley Central'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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