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2021: 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 May to August 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 end-August 2021.

  • 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.

    Saturday May 29th 11am. Saturday July 24th 2.30pm. Saturday August 14th 11am.

    Meet at junction of Great North Road and Hadley Green Road, EN5 5PP.
  • ‘Mutton Brook and Hampstead Garden Suburb (Capital Ring Westwards)’ *NEW WALK*
    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 June 5th 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 June 12th 11am.

    Meet at East Finchley tube station (High Rd exit).
  • ‘High Barnet to Cockfosters’
    A wonderful walk across two fields, a green and a common.
    A largely countryside stroll across King George’s Field, Hadley Manor Field, Hadley Green and Monken Hadley Common. We also get a surprise view of the lovely Beech Hill Lake (Jack’s Lake).

    Saturday July 31st 11am.

    Meet outside High Barnet tube station booking office.
  • 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 June 20th 7.30pm (Summer Solstice)

    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.

    Saturday August 7th 11am.

    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.

    Saturday July 3rd 3pm.

    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 July 10th 3pm.

    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 August 21st 11am.

    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 August 27th 6pm (Commemorative walk)

    Meet outside Whitechapel tube station.
  • street-art‘Street Art’
    See the best examples of street art in Shoreditch and Spitalfields, and hear about the artists who made them.

    Shoreditch and Spitalfields have recently become one of the greatest open-air art galleries in the world, rivalling Paris and New York. Whilst you’re admiring the works of Banksy, Stik, Invader and others, you’ll also hear some of the history of these streets, and why and when they started to play host to the best street artists from around the world.

    Saturday June 26th 11am

    Meet outside Shoreditch High St Overground station.
  • ‘Cool Camden’ *NEW WALK*
    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.

    Saturday July 17th 11am.

    Meet outside Camden tube station exit.

All walks cost £10. 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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