Archway is bursting with green spaces - both in the town centre and neighbouring areas.
Whittington Park near Upper Holloway Station has had a big refurbishment recently. At the Holloway Rd entrance is a flowering bank and the park's trademark Dick Whittington's cat, made out of plants. The park has a sporty feel with a green gym (fitness machines), sports pitches and ping pong tables. There are huge children's playgrounds filled with exciting play equipment, sand pits and a newly created pond to support wildlife. At the rear exit of the park there's a café run by the local community association.Behind Whittington Park there is a tranquil shady space, Foxham Gardens (which has a small children's playground attached). The easiest way to find it is to walk down Tytherton Rd to a lane besides number 24. Just beyond Foxham Gardens are the Tufnell Park playing fields. Although they're currently being reseeded, there is still some space for relaxing.
Although a lot of people know Waterlow Park, which is on a fabulous site near the top of Highgate Hill, fewer people know and use Dartmouth Park which is much nearer and has one of the best uninterrupted views of London. (Corner of Bickerton Rd and Dartmouth Park Hill.) Or for a space to have a quick relax with a book, how about one of the small gardens right at the heart of Archway Town Centre? There are gardens sheltered from the traffic on two corners of the Archway gyratory: Archway Park (at the corner of Archway Road and St John's Way) and Archway Corner at the very top of Holloway Rd, on the east side behind the bus stops. If you're looking for somewhere to take the kids for a quick break whilst you're shopping, Girdlestone Park (in Vorley Rd, opposite the bus terminal) and Archway Park both have children's play spaces.
Additional parks nearby
Further along St John's Way (behind the Caxton Centre) is Hillside Park, a narrow space which winds its way uphill beneath shady trees. Where St Johns way meets Hazellville Road there are two small parks, Sunnyside Community Garden and Elthorne Park. The community garden has a very intimate feel; its enclosed rooms are planted up by local people. Elthorne Park contains a surprise: if you make your way past the Johan Cruyff football pitch you come to a walled area. It's a Japanese-style peace garden, a tranquil place with square ponds and rose beds.
See our walks (links to the right above) for ideas to explore these parks!
If, after all this, you still want to go father afield, there's easy access from Archway to Hampstead Heath and Highgate Woods (for a fast trip to Highgate Woods take the tube to Highgate). The Southern Parkland Walk (along an old railway line) to Finsbury Park starts in Holmesdale Rd near Highgate Tube. Or for something a bit further afield take a 43 or 134 bus north to Cranleigh Gardens and follow the Northern Parkland Walk to Alexandra Palace.