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.
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.