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by Lynn Bradshaw (subscribe)
An English and IT teacher, and would-be writer, living in north London. I like to spend my free time travelling, visiting new places, taking photographs and cooking.
Published May 27th 2013
Get on your bike
The sun is shining and summer is coming. It's time to get out there and explore London folks. This week's article is on Trent Country Park, situated in the London Borough of Enfield.

Trent Country Park

Situated in the London Borough of Enfield is Trent Country Park. Just a few miles from the busy town of Enfield and the suburbs of Cockfosters and Winchmore Hill is this magnificent remnant for our hunting past.

The park was originally park of the huge hunting grounds and farmland which made up Enfield Chase. In the 413 acres of this mix of woodland and water you can find an oasis of peace.

Trent Country Park
Trent Country Park woods

The walkways through the park are ideal for walking or cycling with off-road bikes. The woods are scattered with wild flowers of all kinds, interesting branches and bits of old tree trunk, leaves and wildlife. Frequent benches and picnic tables provide ideal spots for admiring the rolling hills and taking a few photos. The newly restored Japanese Garden is a place to admire the beauty of nature or to sit in quiet contemplation.

For animal lovers and children there is a small animal sanctuary where you can visit the rescued animals. There is also a little outdoor café so you can sit and watch people pass by.

For those who like fishing, there are also a couple of fish ponds. You need to get a fishing permit before you sling your line in the water though.

The house on the estate was built in the late 1700s and designed by the same architect responsible for Somerset House. The house and outbuildings, including the public pool, are now abandoned but it's still nice to look at. All the buildings are Grade II listed. The building was a country until WW2, when it became an interrogation camp and then a Prisoner of War camp. After the war it became an educational establishment. Middlesex University closed the campus down in 2012.

Trent House
Trent House 2013

Getting there

I cycled up from Gordon Hill Station, along Lavender Hill and then onto the Ridgeway. I turned left at Hadley Road and then cycled up several hilly bits to reach the Hadley Road entrance to the park.

There is a car park for those travelling with engine power.

To get there you can take a bus from Enfield - route 121, or travel by underground to Cockfosters or Oakwood. The following buses also go there: 298, 299, 307, 384.

Trent Country Park - Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden
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Why? It's a great place to go walking and cycling
When: All day every day
Where: Enfield, North London
Cost: Free
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