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Slow Ways linking Whetstone and Borehamwood, Edgware, Enfield Town, Finchley Central, Potters Bar, Wood Green

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Whetstone’s six Slow Ways are 100% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 6/6
verified: 6/6
and surveyed: 6/6

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Slow Way Route To do
Borehamwood—Whetstone
Borwhe one Enjoy me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 136m Descent 118m
Edgware—Whetstone
Edgwhe one Enjoy me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 135m Descent 120m
Finchley Central—Whetstone
Finwhe one Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 42m Descent 29m
Potters Bar—Whetstone
Potwhe one Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 100m Descent 80m
Whetstone—Enfield Town
Wheenf one

Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 121m Descent 167m
Whetstone—Wood Green
Whewoo one Enjoy me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 54m Descent 104m

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Collective progress

100% of Whetstone’s six Slow Ways have at least one route verified and surveyed

6/6

drawn

6/6

reviewed

6/6

surveyed

6/6

verified

17 people have contributed to Whetstone’s Slow Ways

3 people have pledged to walk and review a route

6 people have surveyed a route in Whetstone

51km out of 51km have been walked and reviewed

203km of reviews have been shared in Whetstone

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porcovolente took this photo on Edgwhe one

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Starting from Edgware until you are through Mill Hill it is a mix of small and large suburban roads....

porcovolente

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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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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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The first half is along the traffic dominated high streets of Edgeware and Mill Hill and although there are cafés they're not very enticing....

Slow Ways Darren

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Slow Ways Darren took this photo on Edgwhe one

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Edgware—Whetstone

Slow Ways Darren pledged to walk Edgwhe one

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Navigation is largely straightforward as it follows the waymarked Dollis Brook / London Loop path for the most part although the GPX route was helpful at the multiple field corners where there was often a choice of paths. The GPX file takes a route along the road all the way in to Borehamwood, but as others have noted, much better is to divert slightly North off Barnet Lane and rejoin the London Loop path down through Woodcock Hill Village Green (photo 9) and through the pleasant modern housing development leading to the end point....

Jo Wood

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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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- The line has been drawn across Enfield Park but it's more likley you will want to go on the paths round the edge (plus, if you are coming from Enfield Town, you may miss that you should go down the wide alley next to Enfield Town Community Church)...

Jack Cornish

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There is no obvious way to work across from Whetstone to Enfield Town: long stretches of green spaces are not present here and this route does a reasonable job of linking those that are available....

Andrew Sheldon

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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....

Andrew Sheldon

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Andrew Sheldon took this photo on Whewoo one

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Wood Green is a typically vibrant and grimy local urban centre with a few hidden gems (photo 1). 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....

Jo Wood

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It's too bad that the old tube line from Mill Hill East to Edgware hasn't been turned into a full walking route....

Derick Rethans

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Edgwhe one

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It was quite up-and-downy, with some lovely views and parks. There was a fair bit of sub-urban walking, which was OK on this warmish day....

Derick Rethans

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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....

Strider

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The Park is quite wild and it is easier to walk on the path around the north edge than across (muddy in Winter) grassland....

Strider

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Enjoyable route crossing the boundary between London and Hertfordshire, mix of urban and green-belt walking....

Jane Taylor

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There are roads to walk along but this route has managed maximize the amount of green walking. There is a bit of road walking past a civil war memorial, then woods and fields, a footbridge across the M25....

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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This is a lovely walk generally following the London Loop/Dollis Valley Greenwalk....

Strider

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A varied walk along suburban streets, wooded tracks, countryside and town....

Strider

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

Strider

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Overall I would recommend this route, and only found some accuracy issues which could be easily rectified by following the Dollis Valley Greenwalk signs from Whetstone to Moat Mount Open Space....

Gilgul

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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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(b) The path through the middle of Oakwood Park is overgrown (photo 4) and the grass beyond the trees is muddy after rain: it's easier to detour via the path round the northern edge of the park....

JayA

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The majority of the route passes through parks and green spaces, with only one stretch on road (where a narrow pavement is available). Some parts can potentially get muddy in winter....

Gilgul

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Borehamwood—Whetstone

Slow Ways added Borwhe one, a new walk from Borehamwood to Whetstone

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Edgware—Whetstone

Slow Ways added Edgwhe one, a new walk from Edgware to Whetstone

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Finchley Central—Whetstone

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

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Potters Bar—Whetstone

Slow Ways added Potwhe one, a new walk from Potters Bar to Whetstone

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Whetstone—Enfield Town

Slow Ways added Wheenf one, a new walk from Whetstone to Enfield Town

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Whetstone—Wood Green

Slow Ways added Whewoo one, a new walk from Whetstone to Wood Green

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Whetstone, Wed 21 February

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Whetstone’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ2613193937

Lat / Lon

51.63012° / -0.17904°

Easting / Northing

526,131E / 193,937N

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Facilities

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

Ferry

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