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LONDON'S SECRET WINTER WALKS

26.11.12

You might think that because London has a population of over eight million, it can’t have many secret locations. If you look a little closer though, you’ll realise there is far more to our bustling capital than meets the eye... Here’s a round-up of some of the lesser-known London locations to go for a winter wander.

Parliament Hill

When you look at the concrete jungle that makes up London, it’s easy to forget that there’s a hidden landscape beneath that although has been built on over the years, is very much still in existence. The capital’s main geographical feature is of course the river valley in which it sits. The Thames valley is roughly 10 miles wide and 120 metres deep. One of the best places to see this is from Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath.

It takes about 20 minutes to walk to Parliament Hill from Hampstead Underground Station (Northern Line), and once you’re there it’s a fantastic place for a cold weather stroll. Although not the highest spot in London, Parliament Hill offers some of the best panoramic views across the whole city. An absolute must-see.

The Islington Spur Walk

One of London’s best kept secrets, and one of our favourite places to walk, is the Islington spur. Running away from Highgate down Dartmouth Park Road, you start and finish this walk at Angel tube station. This circular walk takes you through some of the most elegant and lesser known streets and squares in London. It also includes an incredible view of the BT Tower, and at its furthest point, a pub called the Albion that we thoroughly recommend.

Camley Street Natural Park

It might surprise you to learn that amongst the industrial heritage of King’s Cross, lays two unique acres of wildlife reserve on the banks of the Regent’s Canal. The Camlet Street Natural Park is filled with ponds, woods, shelter birds and butterflies, several species of mammals and a wide range of plants. This is the perfect place to take a winter walk and forget you’re in the city.

So there’s a few ideas to get you started. Of course there are many more hidden gems in the buzzing capital, some of which you can find out here.

Once you’ve decided where to take your stroll, shop our stylish men’s and women’s Winter Walk trend to find the perfect outdoor ensemble.