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2022: Guided Walks in Barnet and London

With Paul Baker, City of London guide
Please phone or email Paul if you are planning to come on a walk.

Dates for January-April only. Please email Paul on to be registered on the mailing-list to receive regular monthly updates on walks during the rest of the year. And get weekly updates on Paul’s Facebook page: Barnet and London Walks.

Please note that the website will not contain updates on walks beyond April 2022, with the exception of a few provisional dates..

  • Battle of Barnet‘The Battle of Barnet’
    Explore the famous battlefield of 1471.

    Step back in time to 1471. See how the course of English history was changed on this misty Easter Sunday morning. Hear about the first known ‘friendly fire’ incident in English history.

    Sunday January 16th 11am. Saturday March 12th 11am. Thursday April 14th 11am (Anniversary walk). Sunday April 17th 2.30pm (Anniversary walk: the battle took place on April 14th, Easter Sunday 1471).

    Meet at junction of Great North Road and Hadley Green Road, EN5 5PP.
  • ‘Dickens in North London Birthday Tour’
    Looking at the huge number of links with North London in Dickens’s life and work – and his remarkable birthday celebrations.
    Hear the many Dickens connections with Barnet, Elstree, Finchley, Highgate, Hampstead and Hendon in both his life and his work. And to celebrate his 210th birthday, hear about the huge celebrations for his own birthday, and those of his family and friends.

    Sunday February 6th 11am (210th birthday walk)

    Meet outside High Barnet tube station booking office.
  • ‘Royal Barnet’
    A special tour for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
    Looking at the large number of royal connections with Barnet, including Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, George IV, V and VI, Queen Victoria, the late Duke of Edinburgh, and of course Queen Elizabeth II.

    Saturday June 4th 11am (provisional)

    Meet outside High Barnet tube station booking office.
  • ‘Terrific Totteridge’ *NEW WALK*
    One of the loveliest of London suburbs.
    One of the wealthiest and most delightful spots in the capital, with stunning houses, famous inhabitants past and present, and a gorgeous Common.

    Sunday February 27th 2.30pm.

    Meet outside Totteridge tube station.
  • ‘Mutton Brook and Hampstead Garden Suburb (Capital Ring Westwards)’
    A stroll along the banks of a delightful stream.
    We stroll along the banks of the lovely Mutton Brook, taking in some of the best sights of Hampstead Garden Suburb and East Finchley along the way. This walk forms a pair with the following one.

    Saturday February 12th 11am.

    Meet at East Finchley tube station (High Rd exit).
  • ‘Cherry Tree Wood, Highgate Wood, Queen's Wood (Capital Ring Eastwards)’ *NEW WALK*
    If you go down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise!
    An absolutely gorgeous walk through three beautiful, contrasting green spaces, all with a fascinating history. This walk forms a pair with the previous one.

    Saturday February 19th 11am.

    Meet at East Finchley tube station (High Rd exit). Finishes at Highgate tube station.
  • ‘Highgate to Manor House, through Parkland Walk and Finsbury Park (Capital Ring Eastwards)’
    Two unique and totally contrasting green spaces.
    Explore a linear park and nature reserve, formerly a railway track, followed by one of the largest and loveliest parks in North London. This walk links up with the previous two walks.

    Saturday February 26th 11am.

    Meet outside Highgate tube station exit 2, Priory Gardens exit.
  • Ghost Walks‘Things That Go Bump in High Barnet!’
    A ghostly, ghoulish walk through High Barnet and Monken Hadley.

    See the pirate’s grave. Hear stories of witchcraft and grisly executions. Suitable for adults and children, and anyone who likes to have the life scared out of them. For Hallowe’en, there is a prize for the spookiest costume!

    Sunday March 20th 7.30pm (Spring Equinox Walk). And Friday October 28th/Saturday October 29th/Sunday October 30th/Monday October 31st 7.30pm (Halloween walks: provisional).

    Meet at High Barnet tube station, outside booking office. Please bring a torch if possible.
  • ‘Marvellous Mill Hill’
    A fascinating and surprising roam along the Ridgeway and through Mill Hill Village
    From The Ridgeway to The Broadway, from clapboard cottages to vast villas, from Lord Mayors to Dissenters, from world-famous scientific and religious centres to world-famous abolitionists, from murderers to movie stars - Mill Hill has it all.

    Sunday April 10th 2.30pm.

    Meet outside Mill Hill East tube station. Finishes at Lawrence St NW7.
  • The Heart of High Barnet‘The Heart of High Barnet’
    A historical walk through High Barnet.

    See the brewery that became a town hall and a church that became a shopping centre. Marvel at some truly beautiful old houses and almshouses. Hear about a fair that was so famous that Cossacks flocked to it, and so infamous that the Victorians tried to close it down.
    This walk links up with the next one on the following weekend

    Saturday March 19th 2.30pm.

    Meet outside Barnet College, Wood Street, High Barnet EN5 4AZ.
  • Monken Hadley‘A Meander through Monken Hadley’
    A historical walk through beautiful, unspoilt, Georgian Monken Hadley.

    This lovely village has some of the finest eighteenth-century houses in the country, lived in by some of the most famous names in English literature. This walk starts at the spot where the previous walk finishes, taking up the story from there.

    Saturday March 26th 2.30pm.

    Meet outside The Spires, Barnet High Street EN5 5XY.
  • ‘East Barnet Village’
    A historical walk through ancient and modern East Barnet.

    Of all the Barnets, East Barnet is perhaps the least well-known and most rewarding. It boasts an ancient wood, a village green, a 900-year-old church, and the award-winning Oak Hill Park. We will also see the Ghosts' Promenade, amongst many other delights, old and new.

    Saturday April 23rd 11am (Provisional).

    Meet outside former East Barnet Library, Brookhill Rd, EN4 8SG.
  • jacques‘Jack the Ripper’
    Walk in the footsteps of the Whitechapel Murderer, better known as Jack the Ripper.
    See the sites where he committed his gruesome murders. Hear how incredibly close he came to being caught, and how unbelievably lucky he was; how terrified the East End became in that awful autumn of 1888, and how Queen Victoria herself became involved. Hear about some of the 200 or more suspects, and which are the most likely to have been the real Jack the Ripper.

    Friday September 30th 6pm (Commemorative walk: provisional).

    Meet outside Whitechapel tube station.
  • ‘Canary Wharf’ *NEW WALK*
    A Tale of Two Surges.
    The former docks, once the largest in the world, have reemerged as one of the most dynamic areas in London, with stunning architecture and a superb sculpture trail.

    Saturday January 22nd 2.30pm.

    Meet at Canary Wharf DLR station, at the bottom of the escalators in lower concourse.
  • ‘Cool Camden and Street Art’
    A fascinating past of canals and railways; a pulsating present of street art, music and markets.
    One of the coolest and most cosmopolitan areas of London.

    Sunday January 23rd 11am.

    Meet outside Camden tube station exit.
  • ‘Spitalfields and Street Art’
    An ancient enclave, now one of the most famous hubs of street art and street food in the world.
    A refuge for centuries for French Huguenots, Germans, Jews, Bengalis and beyond. Now the home of hipsters and retro clothing and entertainments of all sorts.

    Sunday January 30th 11am.

    Meet outside Whitechapel Art Gallery, Aldgate East tube station exit 3.
  • ‘River Lea, Walthamstow Marshes and Hackney Marshes (Capital Ring Eastwards)’ *NEW WALK*
    A beautiful walk through a largely peaceful part of North-East London.
    Looking at Stamford Hill, a peaceful canal, a natural wetland, and one of the largest and loveliest areas of common land in London.

    Sunday March 13th 2.30pm.

    Meet outside Stoke Newington railway station (two stops from Seven Sisters on Victoria Line).

All walks cost £12. Accompanied under 12s £5 (except walks in French, which cost £15 per adult, and £6 for children under 15 with their parents, see home page.

Enquiries about private group bookings and talks on Barnet or London welcome.

For more information about Barnet Walks please call (020) 8440 6805 or 07506 761294.
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