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Trent Park -  the perfect place for anyone wanting to have a country ramble without the risk of getting lost.  

To get to the park, only 5 minutes away, exit the Tube station using the steps to the right signed 'Cockfosters Road' and then turn right, passing the car park. After a cemetery and a large filling station you will see the charming Victorian lodge at the park entrance. Walk up to the lime avenue which was planted in the 1840's. As you pass along, look to the left for a glorious view across hay meadows down to ancient woodland.The 400 acre park was originally part of Enfield Chase, a royal hunting ground for over four centuries. Designed by Humphrey Repton to surround the eighteenth century Mansion House, now part of Middlesex University, Trent Park has two lakes, the larger of which seems more like a river, as it covers six acres and is edged with mature trees.

Full details of the gardens can be found here and you may find this sketch map useful when exploring. There is a cafe next to the car park and another along the lime avenue; this one has tables and chairs carved from fallen trees. 
Incidentally, on your wanderings you may see a sign for Oakwood Tube station. I have to say that I don't recommend you take this route, as it includes a path that is very narrow and can get both overgrown and muddy. Better to return to the airy concrete Cockfosters station - don't miss the splendid clock!


This is just one walk from the many to be found at London Tube Rambles. There are architectural gems, beautiful country views, historic places and quirky buildings to be found, even in the area covered by the outer London Underground stations. Usually the discoveries are within a mile of the Tube - often only five minutes walk away. If you reached this as an individual page via a search engine, you might like to click on the link above and see the other destinations explored. You'll be amazed at what's around.