Monday, 15 March 2010

Ghost trains.

Parkland Walk is a disused tube line that runs across North London. You can walk or cycle along the path of the old track, through disused stations and under bridges. A friend told me about it last week and I couldn't wait to go. (Especially as I'm training for my first 10km run in four weeks! The plan is to run it, but I scoped it out on my bike first this weekend.)


I joined the path in Archway, about two miles away from where I live.


The path of the track then runs through Crouch End. This is the now disused Crouch End station.


This sculpture is of a ghost that is apparently seen down the path called the goat-man, and which apparently inspired a Stephen King short story. I didn't see the goat-man, but I did have a couple of weird senses of trains passing down the tracks. Spooky.


That part of the walk ends in Finsbury Park, which I didn't realise The New River runs through. The New River is a man-made river which pops up in random places in North London. And which is also totally ripe for a cycle, I reckon.

14 comments:

  1. What an interesting running / cycling path. Excellent posters! And the goat-man sculpture is great - wonder how long its been there? Good luck with your run training along there - take care - it might be a bit creepy in places.

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  2. that goat-man looks way creepy. i want to visit! thanks for posting this.

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  3. great pictures- the goatman is bizarre but very cool- as are those tube posters!

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  4. Oooh! I want to do a thousand photo shoots there.

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  5. sounds like a good cycle, I must explore north london more. love the goat-man!

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  6. Very good point Victoria - I wore a whistle around my neck that my mum gave me! It is quite secluded in parts, although there were lots of other walker / joggers, too.

    Cotton Wife - we should do a house swap. I could totally look after your farm. (:P Maybe during a winter month?) It would be just like City Slickers! :) :)

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  7. Love this route (and I could probably do it on a bicycle, certainly not running). And the guy coming out of the wall is so cool!

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  8. Great post! Looks a fantastic walk! (my dog would LOVE it!)How spooky that you felt the trains still going past!

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  9. Ah, I love the Parkland Walk! Although, last time I was down there, kids were throwing rocks from one of the bridges at people passing by.

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  10. that looks terrifying! there's no way i'd run down there - and in writing that i have just realised how very countrified i have become and am a bit frightened off big cities now!

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  11. I'm kind of with Heather. I loosely knew that was there but would have never dared to walk it or whatever alone. I didn't have any friends in North London :-( What a shame. I feel like I missed out.

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  12. I had no idea any of that existed - a little spooky for running on, but I guess stretches of the Thames Path are too, sometimes, especially in the early evening.

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  13. GSE! We can walk down it together one day when you visit London! I can't believe it took me eleven years of living in London to find it. And it's right next to me hoose!

    I thought I was being overwary wearing a whistle! But I'll make sure always to wear it. It is spooky in places but in others very open.

    And let's see if I do actually run it. Hmm. *lazy*

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  14. That looks ace.. I've done a London Loop walk before with a friend, so something like this would be right up my street... or path perhaps :)

    Defo one to take my D80 & Pashley to methinks... cheers for this!

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