Rambles Round Barnet

Lime Grove Footpath and the Darlands Nature Reserve

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Local ramblers who have followed the guiding notes in ‘Rambles Round Barnet’ Part 1 for Walk 1 may well be familiar with the changing fortunes of the footpath that leads from Totteridge Common to the Dollis Valley. It is referred to in paragraph 7 of this walk and runs parallel to, and just to the west of, Lime Grove.

I am indebted to that local champion of public footpaths, Libby Martin, of the North London South Herts Ramblers. She has recently informed me that this footpath is now open again, having been closed earlier this year for re-seeding.

It was also Libby who alerted me to this temporary closure. I remain grateful to Mary Field who told me of the first closure of the footpath in 2013 by the company rebuilding the house at the far end of Lime Grove.

In Volume 2 of ‘Rambles Round Barnet’, Walk 6 provides a detailed description of the footpaths in the Darlands Nature Reserve and surrounding area.

The corresponding App on the Geotourist.com site has several photographs of these footpaths and the lake itself, as well as an audio guide to the walks. This is worth looking through at home before setting out on a walk there but more difficult to use while on the route.

At the time of writing, 21st September 2017, the footpaths are all reasonably dry but some stretches are most safely traversed wearing walking shoes if not boots. Ramblers who have walked through the Reserve after periods of heavy rain in winter will know that wellies are often preferable to walking boots as the sticky mud on the footpaths can be very deep.

On the 4th September this year, a Trust was established to manage the Reserve, one of the involved groups being the Totteridge Residents Association. They aim to make the area both more attractive to wildlife and accessible to the public.

The Association’s website is easily reached via Google and provides more information about the Trust. It has a nice photo of some of the Snakes’ Heads (or Fritillaries) that can be seen in flower in the Spring. Fig. 4 in Walk 6 of Volume 2 also shows these graceful members of the lily family.

It would be very helpful if local ramblers will kindly keep me informed of any significant changes in the footpaths referred to in either of the ‘Rambles Round Barnet’ booklets or the Apps via:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I will then check out the route concerned and let other local readers of the booklets or users of the Apps know about this issue in the ‘Rambles Round Barnet Updates.’ These can be found on the Barnet Society ‘News’ section of the website:http://www.barnetsociety.org.uk

Owen Jones    22nd September 2017.


  • Comment Link Monday, 25 September 2017 15:54 posted by PAUL CHRISTIE

    Please can somebody post a map of the named walkers pathways around the lake there are wooden posts named walkers paths some had been knocked down by horses i guess by the tracks in there but no map online which u really need in your pocket going in there ... Can somebody put a guide up which can be printed? Nothing yet found showing the different paths on the reserve or which one to take to get to the lake and postcodes of parking locations .....it’s confusing to find a way onto the common land and possible to get lost in there when the light fails...my guess is the ordnance survey will not have the route numbers /names of pathways ,,,,i did find a way in but ,that was from asking a local ,,,would be nice if map can show which path to use to walk to the highest point for best view across London

  • Comment Link Tuesday, 26 September 2017 20:41 posted by gremlin, barnet

    this link from ordnance survey shows the footpaths in that area,
    note they are only shown on the higher zoom levels.


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