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The Pymmes Brook Trail

A moderate walk (city/town) starting and finishing in City of London, England, about 15.44km (9.59 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:30h. It is suitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs, but unsuitable for families with children.
Elevation Profile
Gain 6m (19ft)
Loss 90m (295ft)
Max. Elevation 110m (360ft)
Elevation (total) 96m (314ft)
Cockfosters Tube Station
Pickett's Lock
Distance 15.44km
Duration ~4:30
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 03 Sep 2010
This signposted walk runs for ten miles through the parks and suburbs of north London as it follows (roughly) the course of Pymmes Brook, a tributary of the River Lea. This guide gives you an overview of the route; for a more detailed guide to the walk, contact Barnet Council for a free trail leaflet: www.barnet.gov.uk/walks As ever in London, there are excellent transport links to the start and finish points, and along the way. It's useful to pop a London street atlas in the rucksack.

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Walk Map


OS Grid TQ281964
Take the tube or the bus to Cockfosters.
Games Road About 0.75 km (~0.47 miles) from
OS Grid TQ274967
Pick up the trail at the end of Games Road. From here, the blue arrow markers will guide you all the way along the route; rather than giving step-by-step instructions, this guide provides a handy overview.
Beech Hill Lake About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
OS Grid TQ270969
The route follows the London Loop past Beech Hill Lake, the source of the brook.
Victoria Recreation Ground About 0.47 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid TQ268965
Leave the brook and pass through Victoria Recreation Ground. From the southeast corner, head along Crescent Road, which lies just south of the brook (although you can't see it).
Brookhill Road About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
OS Grid TQ271956
Turn left at Brookhill Road and then right onto Cat Hill.
Oak Hill Park About 0.57 km (~0.35 miles) from
OS Grid TQ273950
Rejoin the brook as it runs through Oak Hill Park. Remind yourself how lucky London is to have so many lovely parks.
Parkside Gardens About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid TQ281945
Leave the park on the southern side and head along West Walk.
Brunswick Park About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
OS Grid TQ284941
Cross Osidge Lane and into Brunswick Park.
Arnos Park About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from
OS Grid TQ292930
Across Waterfall Road, the Pymmes Brook enters Arnos Park.
Broomfield Park About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
OS Grid TQ302926
Head north a short way and walk along the southern edge of Broomfield Park. At the end, follow Broomfield Lane over the railway and onto Oakthorpe Road.
Princes Avenue About 1.46 km (~0.91 miles) from
OS Grid TQ315920
This little section is a wee bit tricky - keep an eye on the arrows as you cross over the North Circular and join Princes Avenue.
Tile Kiln Lane About 0.62 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid TQ321923
The route continues along Tile Kiln Lane.
Silver Street About 0.62 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid TQ326925
The brook can't make its mind up, heading back under the main road. At Silver Street, it passes through the grounds of the Millfields Arts Centre.
Pymmes Park About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid TQ337925
The next bit of green is Pymmes Park.
Park Road About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
OS Grid TQ339930
Leave via Park Road and head onto Fore Street, turning left up to Plevna Road.
Tottenham Cemetery About 1.18 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid TQ351932
The trail heads along Salmon's Brook and past Tottenham Park Cemetery.
Pickett's Lock Lane About 1.13 km (~0.7 miles) from
OS Grid TQ360938
Head up to Pickett's Loch Lane. Continue on to the William Girling Reservoir, where the trail ends.
Lea Valley Walk About 1.24 km (~0.77 miles) from
OS Grid TQ363950
For an additional bonus, head along the Lea Valley Walk on the western edge of the reservoir.
Ponders End About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid TQ360955
Finish your day at Ponders End station, for the train onwards.

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