The hardly recognized nature reserve hidden in North London a stone’s throw from a London Underground station

The barely known nature reserve hidden in North London a stone’s throw from a London Underground station

Nestled in a quiet spot between Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington lies an incredible nature reserve. Just over a five-minute walk from Manor House on the London Underground, Woodberry Wetlands enjoys excellent transport links with Stamford Hill station also just a 10 minute walk away.

But despite these quick and easy connections across London, you’ll actually find it’s a peaceful enclave that acts as a wonderful escape from the city. Woodberry Wetlands is centred around the east most of two reservoirs to the south of Manor House.

It’s home to 11 hectares of reed-fringed ponds and dykes, with oak trees flanking the water which almost make it feel like you’ve left London. Great crested grebes, redwings and green sandpipers are among the bird species you can spot on the serene water, while the reserve is also home to several species of bats and butterflies.


A short wander between reservoirs adds to the magic of the secluded spot(Image: MyLondon)

But while the nature reserve is no doubt a perfect place to wind down at the weekend, your day out will only get better when you trek over to the adjacent reservoir. At the West Reservoir Centre you can embrace a London staycation and do some wild swimming.

Although you have to book beforehand, 50-minute slots are available online for £11.65 per person. Afterwards, you can utilise The Coal House café with sits between the two reservoirs as you dry off.

Here you’ll find a wonderful selection of cakes, coffees and pastries, along with other seasonal dishes. The East London beauty spot is also a short journey from the much larger Walthamstow Wetlands which has endless walks and trails through wonderful greenery.


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