Easy walking in surroundings that are surprisingly green in such a densely populated part of London. This is largely achieved by following most of the Parkland Walk (London's longest nature reserve) along a former railway line among trees and shrubs. You come on to this very soon after the start near Highgate station - by using its Archway Road exit you avoid the steep climb which is only necessary for those continuing from Section 11 to Section 12.
5.5 miles ( 8.5 km)
Priory Gardens, Highgate (GR 287-882)
Stoke Newington station (GR 337-868)
West to east
Almost entirely level on firm paths and pavements, except for an avoidable steep climb on rough ground at the start. The path alongside the New River can be muddy and slippy at times. No stiles. 2.9km (1.8 miles) beside roads.
Complete both ways. The logo is 'Big Ben' and text 'Capital Ring' in blue and green on white background.
Pubs at Highgate, Manor House, Woodberry Down and Stoke Newington. Cafés at Highgate, Crouch End Hill, Finsbury Park, Manor House, Woodberry Down, Clissold Park and Stoke Newington. Public toilets at Finsbury Park and Clissold Park
Tube: Highgate, Finsbury Park, Manor House
Rail: Crouch Hill, Finsbury Park, Harringay Green Lanes, Stoke Newington
Buses: at stations above plus Crouch End Hill and Lordship Grove
For more information on public transport please see Transport for London's Journey Planner.
Parkland Walk, New River Path
LB Haringey, LB Hackney
The surface of the Parkland Walk is uneven and may be muddy. The entrance used by the Capital Ring into Abney Park Cemetery has five steps, which can be avoided by continuing outside to the finish of the section at Stoke Newington station, with a level entrance nearby if you wish to explore the cemetery.
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