A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Until last week, I never knew there was an old viaduct at Muswell Hill, so I decided to check it out.
I took the 102 bus from Bounds Green to Muswell Hill and went down St James's Lane (left of St James's Church) until I came to the viaduct. There are some steps leading up, on the right hand side. (If you come from the Alexandra Palace end, via The Grove, then access by wheelchair/mobility scooter is possible.)
And suddenly you are in a different world.
It's so peaceful here, yet plenty of people around - enough not to make you feel isolated. I passed people walking their dogs, jogging, or just strolling, like me.
I was particularly interested in this habitat as I was in the middle of a free Open University course called Introduction to Ecosystems. It's one of a number of free courses the OU is running, and you can find out about them here. They last for six weeks and I am really enjoying this one.
Along the viaduct you will find information boards at regular intervals telling you all about the history of the viaduct, the bird life, etc. I only walked for about a mile but it goes on for some distance.
Here's a snail I found on a tree - it's called Cepaea. It was quite high up on the ash tree and I wondered why. Probably following the algae trail that was on the trunk. I noticed glistening snail trails going almost to the top! Respect to those little snails!
I turned round and made my way back but thought I'd go past the Muswell Hill stairs and carry on to Ally Pally. Wow! The views are amazing - my photograph won't do it justice I'm afraid and there are quite a number of wonderful scenarios on both sides of the viaduct.
Soon I arrived at The Grove, Alexandra Palace, but not before I went through a wonderful tunnel which revealed its secret vintage graffiti.
And last, but not least, just before reaching The Grove, there was a wonderful walkway with a humble plastic roof, but in the sunlight it looked for all the world like the lighting from an old Art Deco cinema, or a strange piece of illumination from an ancient shadow theatre. Any minute now some Japanese puppets on sticks will bob into view and begin fighting with swords!
I am so glad I discovered this viaduct. It's a little bit of serenity high above the city.
Aren't we lucky to have it so close by!
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