I'm a freelance writer living in North London, always looking for new writing inspiration and cosy cafes - I can't function without an unhealthy dose of caffeine!
Published September 1st 2018
The entrance to Walthamstow Wetlands lies between Tottenham Hale and Blackhorse Road Underground stations, barely a 20-minute excursion from Central London on the Victoria Line. On entering, however, you wouldn't believe you were within such easy reach of the capital city – although the London skyline remains clearly visible from most locations within the marshes, the tranquillity that this conservation area offers couldn't be in further juxtaposition.
Covering an area of 211 hectares the wetlands boast 10 reservoirs, attracting not only a vast array of wildlife but visitors, too. If you decide to take a break from the urban bustle and stroll through this lesser-known haven, you'll encounter fellow ramblers, birdwatchers, photographers and anglers. Additionally, there are designated pathways for runners and cyclists - there couldn't be a better environment in which to complete your morning workout!
Just one of the picturesque settings within the wetlands
A team of welcoming volunteers help provide information to all visitors, as well as support the many educational and practical events hosted here throughout the year.
If nature is not your thing then it may seem obvious that this may not be the best destination for you: however, The Larder, the cafe located in the converted engine house, may still entice you. Offering hot drinks, snacks and a lunch and dinner menu (with a few vegetarian and vegan options available!) the cafe is a great place to sit and write, read a book or meet up with friends and family. There's a welcoming terrace to ensure you can make the most of the fleeting British summer, but plenty of indoor seating to retreat to should the rain or cold descend.
The beauty of the Wetlands is astounding on a bright summer's day, but as it opens 363 days a year (09:30-17:00) and admittance is free, it wouldn't hurt to visit more than once to observe the landscape changing with the seasons!
There's plenty of wildlife to be found within the conservation area