A rural walk around Forty Hall, Enfield : a walk led by Sally Geeve
At Gordon Hill station we embark on a pleasant stroll through Hilly Fields Park and along Turkey Brook into the grounds of Forty Hall. We will stop for lunch in the cafe garden at the rear, and will find time to wander around the charming walled garden. A doorway at the rear of Forty Hall leads onto a path that joins back up with Hilly Fields, taking us back home via Gordon Hill station. Estimate around 5 miles and taking about 4 hours including lunch stop.
Gordon Hill station is only 15 minutes train ride from Ally Pally station! There is a train from Finsbury Park at 10.54, getting to Harringay at 10.56, Hornsey at 10.58 and Alexandra Palace at 11.02 and arriving at Gordon Hill station at 11.16. With a Freedom Pass it is free. The walk and the cafe are dog-friendly, but there’s a bit of a shortage of loos en route.
Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury : a walk led by Philip Messent
Starting outside Warren Street and finishing in Russell Square, a walk that takes in beautiful squares, homes of the Bloomsbury set, a beautiful former hospital chapel, the Ministry of Information (1939-45!), a Hawksmoor church, a home for foundlings, an auto-icon and hidden gardens.