‘Intriguing’ London walk along an abandoned railway line guarded by a ‘woodland sprite’ named UK’s most Instagrammed ever

If lockdown taught us anything, it’s that we Brits love a good walk – and while London has plenty of iconic parks to explore, nothing beats a woodland trail or a riverside path.

Thankfully London is home to a few picturesque walks where Instagrammers rack up thousands of snaps every year.

Chief among these is the Parkland Walk, London’s largest nature reserve which is mostly located in Haringey and is the most Instagrammed walk in the city, according to research by Premier Inn.

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There’s plenty of greenery in this urban-lite stroll

The Parkland Walk begins at Finsbury Park and ends at Alexandra Palace, clocking in at a healthy 5km and inspiring 2,131 Instagram posts per kilometre.

Walkers will travel alongside an old railway line that used to bridge Finsbury Park and Alexandra Park but now lies disused, covered in edgy and colourful graffiti.

Along the way, walkers can take some aesthetic shots of the many viaducts, old station platforms and the iconic Spriggan Sculpture.

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Yes you can see greenery in the capital

Despite the presence of the railway line, the route is surrounded by nature, with trees lining either side of the path.

The website for the walk notes: “At times it can be quite busy and weekends bring walkers, dog walkers, runners and cyclists all out to take advantage of the weather and escape from the urban hullabaloo.”

But whether or not the route is busy, walkers can keep an eye out for the artwork of Ben Wilson – ‘The Chewing Gum Man’ – whose mini artworks depict the flora and fauna of the local area. They’re tiny, however, so you’ll have to look hard!

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London is home to the most popular walks on Instagram

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Premier Inn’s research also highlighted a number of other highly Instagrammed locales in the capital. These included:

  • The Queen’s Walk (Tower Bridge to Lambeth Bridge), 6km
  • Regent’s Canal Walk (Little Venice to the Limehouse Basin), 14km
  • Thames Path (Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier), 294km
  • Wandle Trail (Along River Wandle from Croydon to Wandsworth), 20km

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