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282/365 – Exploring green spaces in and out of London

I’ve got a confession to make: this weekend I’ve been quiet because I was so busy with work last week that I felt I needed a break.

So I got out for some fresh air both in London and in nearby St Albans to clear my head. I just couldn’t resist crunching around in those Autumn leaves.

On Saturday, I headed out with the lovely Kate to explore the Parkland Walk. The old railway turned nature trail runs from Finsbury Park to Muswell Hill. The first section of the walk made us feel like we were in the middle of the countryside and you’ll see why below.

  
We stopped at Highgate in a charity shop before taking on the second half. It was equally beautiful but sadly I was starting to tire a little due to the anti-biotics I was taking. I always feel exhausted when taking those.

While the effort was difficult, the views across London just as you reached Muswell Hill were spectacular. To recover, we did a bit more charity shop hopping. 

After a rest on Saturday night and Sunday morning, Elaine and I headed out to beautiful St Albans.

After exploring the former abbey and surrounding area, we walked to the park beside the Roman ruins and mosaics. The trees were all shades of autumn and I was delighted to have taken time out to breathe in the fresh, crisp air.

Again, I tired quickly and had to stop for some food at the cafe in the park. It didn’t dampen the experience however as I felt the slow and steady pace and regular breaks on both days allowed me to enjoy my surroundings. In fact, if I took anything from it it would be to slow down.

Thankfully I’m feeling a lot better this week – perhaps the clean green air helped the mending process.