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Published June 28th 2012
Now, if you were told that a walk around a district of Hackney could be fun and interesting, you may simply laugh in the individual who has given you this information's face. However there is one such area that can provide you with just such an experience. Stoke Newington.
This historic district of Hackney has much to offer for anyone looking for an afternoon of sun worshipping whilst taking in some fantastic scenery. For somewhere as relatively small as Stoke Newington there are a few choices of outdoor spaces to choose from, each with their own attributes but each equally good for a picnic on a summer's day.
The West Reservoir: At the entrance to this body of water you will be met with the strange yet impressive view of a Scottish castle in the middle of Hackney. However, this is simply the Castle Climbing Center which was once the main Water Board pumping station. As mentioned earlier, this is the entrance to a pleasant outdoor area.
Clissold Park: This 54 acre community park has an abundance of facilities which makes it a suitable place for all of the family. The facilities include a child's playground, tennis courts, a lake with its resident Terrapins and an aviary. You can also stop of and grab a drink or bite to eat at the cafe that can be found within the park.
Abney Park Cemetery: This may seem an unusual place to go to for an afternoon, but this cemetery is seen as a masterpiece of Victorian building, especially when it comes to the cemetery's garden. It doubles as a nature reserve so you can be certain to see a variety of wildlife. Another rare sight is the two churches that remain after the council decided to keep both.
Other things worth a mention in Stoke Newington are the Farmers Market and the Common.