Guided walks

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Explore Islington’s parks and rich history with an official guide


Rosemary Gardens
Thursday 4 August, 11am
Free

Join guide Lesley Thompson for a gentle walk around leafy Rosemary Gardens and the surrounding buildings. We will stroll past grassy and wilder woodland areas, see planting to encourage wildlife, a tree that grows beans and a football training pitch opened by Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger! We will also learn more about the intriguing local history, including the nearby canal, houses and warehouses. The walk will take 70 minutes and end at a nearby cafe for a tea or coffee.

To join, email walk@lesleythompson.co.uk or just turn up on the day. Meet just before 11am inside the park gate on Southgate Road, N1, closest to Downham Road there are two gates, this is the one by the bus stop.


Whittington Park and Foxham Gardens
Tuesday 23 August, 11am
Free

Join guide Jen Pedler for a stroll through Whittington Park and Foxham Gardens. Learn about the history of the Whittington Park Community Centre, the streets that disappeared when the park was developed in the 1950s and the memorial to the 21 men who lost their lives during the First World War. And, of course, the park’s namesake, Dick Whittington, and his connection with Archway, as well as trying to answer the question as to whether he really had a cat! We’ll also take a look at the ecology pond and try to spot dragonflies, followed by a woodland walk round nearby Foxham Gardens. The walk will take approximately 70 minutes and there will be a chance to socialise over tea or coffee at the end.

Meet at 11am just inside the Holloway Road entrance to the park, close to the topiary cat sculpture. To join, email Jen Pedler travellingwoman@gmail.com or just turn up on the day.


Elthorne Park
Thursday 1 September, 11am
Free

Join Islington Guide Oonagh Gay for a stroll around Elthorne Park, off Hornsey Rise, N19. Created as part of a slum clearance project in the 1960s, the park has a beautiful Japanese-style peace garden and many attractive trees, as well as sports grounds and a new cafe. Come and see the ducklings swimming in the pond! The area around the park once had a large workhouse for the poor of Islington and a historic orphanage.  Learn about their fascinating history as well as visiting Sunnyside Community Gardens. The walk will take 70 minutes and will end at the park cafe, where you can enjoy a tea or coffee.

To join, email oonagh.gay@icloud.com or just turn up on the day. Walk starts at 11am from outside Islington Boxing Club on Hazellville Road, N19.


Monastic heritage walk
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Clerkenwell

On this 90-minute walk, you’ll learn about a hospital that has provided healthcare on the same site for almost 900 years; London’s oldest parish church; a monastery that became a Tudor mansion; a priory with links to Jerusalem, which gave its name to St John Ambulance 800 years later; and a nunnery which inspired the design of one of Clerkenwell’s newest buildings.

The walk will finish at the Clerk’s Well – the site where parish clerks used to perform mystery plays in medieval times and which gave the area its name.

Full details can be found on the Islington Guides website.

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