After a seemingly endless stream of cold, dreary days, spring has finally come around and Islington moves closer and closer to warmth and sunniness. Why not make use of that weather with a walk through Camden Passage? Or taking your dog on a stroll through Victoria Park? One of the Islington Storytellers, Chenoa, has put together a list of some of the nicest spots in Islington to make use of this incredible weather.
#1 New River Walk
Being able to step out of London’s urbanity and into a walk through nature and tranquillity is an unmatched experience for anyone living in Islington.
New River Walk is a true gem of Islington, hidden between residential areas from Newington Green to Essex Road and Upper Street. With bubbling waterfalls, duck ponds and leafy footpaths, the serenity of this walk mimics the countryside’s bucolic views and frondescence. Sit at one of the benches and peruse the scenery or amble along the relaxed footways. New River Walk is truly a home away from home.
Suitable for dogs? Yes, this stretch of the river is scenic for both you and your pet.
#2 Parkland Walk
You can easily get lost in the labyrinth of greenery of Parkland Walk, the longest nature reserve in London spanning 4 kilometres. The walk follows the former railway line connecting Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace.
Along with picturesque sights, Parkland Walk also holds many miniature art pieces from local artist Ben Wilson’s ‘The Chewing Gum Man’, perfect for those hawk-eyed walkers. Each tiny piece of artwork embodies the diversity of history and culture of Parkland Walk, ranging from its animal and plant variety to the remnants of its old railway line. The park also holds a feature Wildlife Trail, flaunting the flora and fauna of this alluring nature preserve.
Suitable for dogs? Most of the site is, however the park asks not to bring dogs into the Wildlife Trail due to the sensitivity of the site.
#3 Camden Passage
Camden Passage is truly a staple of Islington, and yet still a charming walk brimming with food, drink and culture.
Fused with the antique, Camden Passage holds a unique view of London, embracing modernity whilst retaining its rich history to produce contemporary independent markets, cafés and shops perfect for a stroll. Look out for the vintage markets on Saturdays, a true delicacy of Camden Passage. The ambrosial food markets on Sunday are impossible to miss, coupled with quaint, pedestrianised streets and only a short walk from the Angel tube station.
Suitable for dogs? Dogs are allowed but areas are often too crowded for an enjoyable dog walk, many of the restaurants and shops also do not permit the entrance of pets. In warm weather, however, you can enjoy a meal outside at Brother Marcus or Kipferl together with your furry friend.
#4 Victoria Park
Considered one of the best parks in East London, Victoria Park is located in the Tower Hamlets in East London. A slight way away for Islington residents, the journey is completely worth it for the lush green and open spaces, providing panoramic landscapes perfect for walks of all kinds.
Receiving 9 million visitors every year, the park is always filled with events to attend and observe, ranging from Disco Bingo nights, to Antique, Collectable & Vintage fairs. There is always something fun and entertaining to do at Victoria Park, an amazing area to kick back and relax but also to explore and discover.
Suitable for dogs? Yes! The area is perfect for walking dogs.
#5 Regents Canal
An element of history most unique to Islington, Regents Canal runs throughout Islington, starting in Little Venice and finishing in the River Thames.
The spot is indeed a unique area to meander, pop into a waterside café or even look through a bookstore. The 8 km walk opens up to many pathways along Islington, so that one may stop or start at any point they feel like, including Islington landmarks such as Regent’s Park, Camden Lock and King’s Cross. Regent’s Canal will have you finding yourself isolated from the typical hustle and bustle of London and entrenched in the calm flows of this waterway.
Suitable for dogs? Yes, Regent’s Canal is appropriate for dog walks and even holds boats that can be entered with dogs.
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