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by Julie McNamee (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in North London. Visit my blog at www.quirkytravel.com.
Published March 26th 2012
Trent Park Mansion
Trent Park Mansion - (twifans.com)


Trent Park is a country park in North London, at the end of the Piccadilly Line. It was formerly the gardens of a mansion house which is now part of Middlesex University. The grounds date back to the fourteenth century when they were part of Enfield Chase, the hunting grounds of Henry IV.

Tree trunk Trent Park

The name Trent was given by the doctor of a later king, George III. The house and grounds were rented to the doctor as a reward for saving the king's brother's life in Trento. Later it was owned by the cousin of Siegfried Sassoon (Philip Sassoon) who entertained such luminaries as Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill.

German prisoners of war were housed in the mansion during the Second World War, in rooms that were wired so that inside information could be picked up to progress the war effort. Apparently this was quite a successful endeavour.

Trent Park

This park is lovely on a sunny Sunday afternoon and a real alternative to Hampstead Heath, which can get very busy and loud. There's lots of space and some beautiful landscaping, an avenue of lime trees, lakes, a water garden and a an obelisk.

Facilities include a visitors' centre, cafe, toilets, fishing lakes and a cycle trail.

There's also a public golf club in the area, Trent Park Golf Course, where tees are available to be booked for 16 for twilight games, 21 for a midweek game and up to 24 for weekends.

And there's an equestrian centre that provides riding lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced lessons and adults as well as children. They host riding parties and hold equestrian events. More experienced riders can join in on their pub rides through Trent Park itself, into Whitewebb Woods to visit the oldest pub in the country, the King and Tinker.

If you fancy some lunch, try the Thai food at the Cock and Dragon in Cockfosters.

Cockfosters Road/Bramley Road/Hadley Road, Barnet/Enfield Chase, EN4

Tube: Cockfosters/Oakwood (Piccadilly). Bus: 121, 298, 299, 307, 384
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Why? Beautiful on a sunny day
When: Any time
Where: Cockfosters Road/Bramley Road/Hadley Road, Barnet/Enfield Chase, EN4
Cost: Free
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