A moderately flat walk through the Northern section of this local historical trail.
Start and end point: Bedford Road NW7, at the junction with Ramillies Road (Google Maps link)
When: Sunday 24 February 2019
Anyone can join this circular family-friendly walk which is moderately flat with one big hill. We start and finish in Mill Hill. This adaptation of the Green walk is about 12 miles long and can take up to 5 hours to walk. It links areas of public open space along the Dollis Valley in a green chain, to provide a pleasant walk right through the heart of Barnet. The walk was developed and implemented by the London Borough of Barnet in 1992, it now forms part of Walk London’s extensive network of walks and provides a link in both the London LOOP and the Capital Ring.
The walk starts off through Moat Mount which became a Local Nature Reserve in 1997. The open space has a wide variety of fine specimen tree species, some planted during the Victorian era. It passes through Barnet Gate Wood which is a remnant of the extensive Middlesex Forest which covered most of this area after the last Ice Age. It then meanders through Totteridge Fields. This site is managed by the London Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve, in partnership with Barnet Council. It has been designated as an area of metropolitan importance for nature conservation. We then follow the Dollis Brook to the Mill Hill Viaduct. The Brook forms an important ecological corridor through Barnet, providing habitats for many plants and creatures. The name Dollis is thought to be derived from the British dylif (a flood) or the Anglo‑Saxon dwllice (erratic). The Mill Hill Viaduct is a striking high-arched brick structure that soars high above the Dollis Brook. It was built in the early 1860s for the Great Northern Railway branch to Edgware and has a total of 13 arches. It now carries tube trains on the Northern line to Mill Hill East Station. From here we make our way back to the start point, including a walk up one steep hill.
Please note: children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
This trek will be roughly 4 to 5 hours, covering over 19 kilometres (12 miles). Participants should be in good health and capable of walking unaided over rough terrain, tarmac paths and pavements.
Please bring snacks and at least 1 litre of drinking water with you. No food or drink will be provided.
You should wear walking boots and suitable outdoor clothing. We advise you to wear waterproof clothing, in case it rains.