I first visited the Parkland Walk three or four years ago after one of my mates Nick or Jan I can't remember which, read about it on the groovy Derelict London website www.derelictlondon.com/ and an expeditionary force was raised to explore. In the picture above from left to right we have Jan, Nick and Marcel REM who together with yours truly formed that expedition and sallied forth.
It is funny but I had previously come accross a stretch of the walk a couple of years before whilst visiting Highgate Woods but without realising it existed at the time.
The Parkland walk follows the route of an old railway track from Finsbury Park to the Alexander Palace. The section between Finsbury Park and Highgate Woods is fragmented but from Highgate to Alexander Palace is just about complete minus the railway tracks.
It was a bit problematic picking up the route at Finsbury Park initially but once on track the journey is such an adventure. The line opened originally in the 1860's and survived for over a century. When one follows the route several deserted stations are passed and old railway bridges and a even a viaduct are crossed. I think the highlight for me at least is definately the viaduct which brings you out of the wooded and secluded valley the railway line creates from Highgate onwards and provides a North London panaorama as you near the end of your journey at Ally Pally.