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Trent Park Circular

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Trent Park Circular
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Jan 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Middlesex, Enfield
Walk Type: Garden or park
Trent Park Circular
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3 mile circular walk through Trent Country Park, part of the Metropolitan Green Belt in the London Borough of Enfield. A wonderful mix of wild woodland and landscaped parkland, the walk transports you back in time. A popular venue with local residents, there is plenty of opportunity for both children and dogs to make new friends!

The park is open during daylight hours. The walk follows a mix of tarmac paths/avenues and woodland paths, the latter of which can be uneven underfoot and can get quite muddy in winter and after wet weather. There are no stiles and just a few kissing gates on route. There are a few gentle climbs and descents throughout. The park has a cafe and toilets located alongside the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.

The walk starts from the Cockfosters Road car park in Trent Country Park.

By Car. From M25 Junction 24, head south on the A111 for 2.5 miles, crossing three roundabouts. The entrance to the park is on the left through a tall gated entrance – if you get to Cockfosters Tube Station you have gone too far! Follow the narrow access lane and you will reach the car park. Approximate post code EN4 0PS. Note if using Sat Nav make sure you are taken via the Cockfosters Road park entrance, not the Hadley Road one.

By Tube. The country park is just a ten minute walk from Cockfosters Tube Station. From the station turn right up Cockfosters Road (A111) heading away from the shops. The park entrance will be on the right (after the cemetery entrance) through a tall gated/walled entrance.

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Walk Sections

Start to Signpost
Start to Signpost

Start point: 51.6571 lat, -0.1502 long
End point: 51.6624 lat, -0.1378 long

From the Cockfosters Road car park, stand facing the cafe and look to the right. Take the wide woodland path beyond a vehicle barrier, immediately to the left of the Enfield Borough Council information board. After just a few paces you’ll pass another sign detailing the London Loop, which the park forms part of.

Follow this woodland path as it heads steadily downhill and begins to swing to the right. Continue ahead with open fields now across to the left. Pass over a wooden footbridge and an area of parkland opens up on the right. On the brow of the hill to the right you’ll see the lime tree lined avenue which you will return along later in the walk.

Trent Park dates back to the fourteenth century when it was part of Enfield Chase, one of Henry IV’s hunting grounds. It was opened to the public in 1973 and is 320 hectares in area.

At the end of this field you will reach a T-junction with a kissing gate ahead. Do NOT go through the gate, instead turn left along the path. Follow this path as it dog legs right then left, and continue as it meanders alongside the lakes on the right. You will come to a multi-way junction marked with a signpost.

Signpost to Kissing Gates
Signpost to Kissing Gates

Start point: 51.6624 lat, -0.1378 long
End point: 51.6643 lat, -0.1274 long

Keep straight ahead signed for Hadley Road on the wide path climbing steadily into the next belt of trees. At the top of the slope continue ahead on the main track. Keep right at the fork and you will emerge to a crossroads with another information board. Turn right here signed as Bridle Path.

Pass alongside the vehicle barrier and keep ahead crossing over two tracks. Pass another vehicle barrier and follow the wide path into the woodland. Continue on this woodland trail running parallel with Hadley Road to the left. The path eventually swings right away from the road and a little further on you will reach a pair of kissing gates ahead.

Kissing Gates to Old Stables
Kissing Gates to Old Stables

Start point: 51.6643 lat, -0.1274 long
End point: 51.6596 lat, -0.1342 long

Go straight ahead through this pair of gates and continue on the path through the woodland, crossing over the wide bridge. At the next junction keep straight ahead, once again passing through (or alongside) a pair of kissing gates. Keep ahead alongside the vehicle barrier and you will pass a few properties on the left.

When you draw level with traffic mirrors and lamppost, turn right past a vehicle barrier to enter the large tarmac car park. Keep ahead all the way to the end of the car park. With the next vehicle barrier ahead, turn left onto the paved path through the garden surrounded by box-shaped hedges. As you emerge from the garden you will see the Old Stables on the left with its distinctive clock tower.

Old Stables to End
Old Stables to End

Start point: 51.6596 lat, -0.1342 long
End point: 51.6565 lat, -0.1486 long

Turn right and then bear left to follow the tarmac access lane passing directly in front of the old mansion.

The Trent Park mansion takes its name from Trent in Italy, the place where George III’s younger brother was saved by the King’s doctor. In 1909 the estate was sold to Philip Sassoon who entertained many guests here including Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill. During the Second World War the mansion was used as a prisoner of war camp for German officers and generals. Listening devices in the rooms enabled the British military to gather a large amount of intelligence. In 1951 the mansion became an educational college becoming part of Middlesex University. The university vacated the park in October 2012.

At the top of the slope, pass by another vehicle barrier and keep ahead passing to the right of the column monument which was erected in memory of the Duchess of Kent. Keep ahead through the next vehicle barrier and on the left you will see the Trent Park Animal Rescue Centre.

Now simply follow the very long straight avenue lined with lime trees – a reminder of how impressive the original entrance to the park would have been. In the trees over to the left you will see some of the obstacles which form the Go Ape treetop course here. Pass by the pond and sculpture area on the left and then, just before you reach the stone column ahead, turn right onto the narrow tarmac path back into the car park.

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2 responses to "Trent Park Circular"

A really lovely walk, especially on a winter morning with the sun shining. On the day of our walk (6 December 2014) the section through the garden to the Old Stables was closed off, so we went behind Trent Park House instead of in front, but we were rewarded by a lovely view of the other side of the valley, up towards obelisk.

Finish with a hot chocolate in the café.

By hazelc on 2014-12-06 16:35:06

We had a lovely walk today, Easter Sunday. Bit muddy under foot in parts but very pretty with the spring blossom and daffodils. Section though garden to Old Stables still closed off but there were plenty of ways around and we still saw the magnificent front of Trent House.

Surprisingly rural for a walk that is in London well inside the M25. Added bonus was you don't pay for the parking at the Trent Park.

We too finished with an excellent hot chocolate at the cafe.

By archi123 on 2015-04-05 15:12:45

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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