London, UK (Suburbs)

North London Suburbs

Roman Hobler

Our routes in the north London suburbs cover the area includes Camden, Islington, Hackney, Haringey, Barnet, and Enfield.

Hampstead Heath: Just north of London and easily reachable by Tube, Hampstead Heath is a wonderful and hilly running area in the affluent Hampstead residential area. The historic heath is a great collection of views and landscapes, part open and part wooded. It’s also great for hill training. Rather than proscribing a particular route, we’ve included a link to three trail options: a 6-mile ‘Heath Circuit’, which covers most of the park; the 1.5 mile loop around Parliament Hill; and the 1.7 mile Sandy Heath. Hampstead Heath Route MAP.

Parkland Walk: Reaching from Finsbury Park west to Highgate, the flat dirt paths of the Parkland Walk offer up to 5.5 km of great running. This old railroad bed is full of interesting sights, from old tunnels and platforms to sculptures and bridges. Runners seeking extra mileage can add on a loop of Finsbury Park. Parkland Walk Route MAP.

Dollis Valley Greenwalk: A paved and hard-packed gravel path of up to 17 km (one-way) along the Dollis Brook links the Capital Ring and London Loop walking circuits. It begins in Hampstead and runs to Mount Moat Reserve in the Barnet Borough. The surface is mostly flat and in good condition, though it can be muddy in some sections. Greenwalk Route MAP.

Alexandra Park: This 80-acre park north of London in Haringey Borough provides a variety of running options on tree-lined paths over rolling slopes. It’s an easy walk/run from the Alexandra Palace Rail Station, and the paved and gravel paths add up to a loop of about 3 km. Doing hill circuits here is a great way to score some killer skyline views. Runners can also catch Parkrun, a free 5k, here on Saturday mornings. Alexandra Park Route MAP.