Waterlow Park

The day is cloudy-sunny and pleasantly warm, so we must make the most of it. But first, an important task.

Laundry!
Laundry!

We had to take a load of laundry to the dry cleaner’s in Amwell Street.

The Never-Give-Up tree
The Never-Give-Up tree

Along the way, I photographed the Never-Give-Up tree which is flourishing.

Having dropped off the laundry we of course crossed the road to Myddelton’s deli where we enjoyed coffee and discussed what to do next.

Waiting for the bus
Waiting for the bus

We settled on a visit to Waterlow Park and returned home to collect the makings of a picnic.

Aboard the 214
Aboard the 214

Waterlow Park is in Highgate and the way to Highgate is by the single-deck 214 bus.

Highgate Village
Highgate Village

The bus delivered us to Highgate Village which seems quite a pleasant neighbourhood though the road is rather busy with traffic. The High Street is lined with shops and cafes.

Costa Coffee
Costa Coffee

We stopped off at Costa Coffee for refreshments.

Waterlow Park
Waterlow Park

We walked down the High Street to the entrance of the park. It is a very varied and pretty park.

Old drinking fountain
Old drinking fountain

We passed this old drinking fountain. It no longer works, of course. The old ons rarely do.

One of the three ponds
One of the three ponds

The park has three ponds and we visited this one which is fenced in and surrounded by boardwalks. I was not impressed by the state of the ponds which seemed dead.

Hills and valleys
Hills and valleys

The park has varied terrain with hills and valleys and a mixture of open grass, trees and flower beds. We found a shaded bench where we sat and ate our picnic.

One wood pigeon...
One wood pigeon…

There were a lot of wood pigeons in the park. Unlike Myddelton Square Gardens, where the wood pigeons are stand-offish, here they were quite happy to accept food from people. First, there was one wood pigeon, then…

Several wood pigeons...
Several wood pigeons…

…there were several. One was rather a bully and tried to chase the others away but they avoided him as best they could and gained their share.

And feral pigeons too!
And feral pigeons too!

With a flurry, a group of feral pigeons arrived to compete for food. While the wood pigeons gobbled up the larger items, the ferals could only manage the smaller bits.

Trees and grass in Waterlow Park
Trees and grass in Waterlow Park

There were stretches of grass with people sitting on it and a variety of fine old trees.

Highgate Cemetery
Highgate Cemetery

Waterlow Park shares a boundary with Highgate Cemetery. Opened in 1839, this is a very large burial ground and contains some famous graves such as that of Karl Marx.

Drinking fountain
Drinking fountain

We came upon a second drinking fountain. It has an inscription but the letters are worn and mostly illegible. Needless to say, it no longer works.

Flower bed
Flower bed

There were beds of flowers here and there.

Main gate, Highgate Cemetery
Main gate, Highgate Cemetery

We left Waterlow Park by an exit opposite the main gate of Highgate Cemetery in Swains Lane.

Swains Lane
Swains Lane

We set off down Swains Lane. It was a long walk though being downhill helped.

Holly Village
Holly Village

We passed the picturesque Holly Village, built in 1865 as a small, pseudo-village housing estate for well-to-do folk. More information will be found here.

Roni’s
Roni’s

We reached the end of Swains Lane at last and stopped at Roni’s for coffee. We chose a table outside and sat for a while, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.

Eventually, we made our way to the nearby bus stop and caught a 214 for home.

Aboard the 214 for the Angel
Aboard the 214 for the Angel

About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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