Here are some great outdoor spaces in the North end:
Despite being surrounded by apartment buildings and other dwellings, the area is very quiet and thus a wonderfully convenient place to take a hike after work or school. This area is of special significance because it provides shade for the Thames and a safe habitat for birds and other wildlife. At the same time, the meadows absorb runoff water from local development and hold floodwaters from the Thames when the precipitation has been higher than normal. If you are keen on checking out a variety of different widllife, Kilally is home to 117 bird species (e.g., the hairy woodpecker), 9 species of reptiles (especially different kinds of frogs), as well as almost 400 species of plants (such as butterfly weed, willow trees and yellow violet). If you’re extra lucky, you might catch a glimpse of white-tailed deer, raccoons or an opossum!
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Medway Valley Heritage Forest
The Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is located in north London, roughly between Windermere, Fanshawe Park, Western and Wonderland Roads. It includes floodplain forests, swamps, marshes and forested valley slopes. This Forest provides a scenic landscape in all seasons, as the stream winds between steep banks up to 25 metres in height. The Medway River flows into the north branch of the Thames River. The valley has a diversity of ecosystems and many Carolinian species of plants which normally would be found in more southern regions.
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Fanshawe Conservation Area
Trails at Fanshawe are open to both hiking and biking. With 20 km of biking/hiking trails & 8.5 km of trails for hikers only. The Lake Trail circles all the way around Fanshawe Reservoir, going through mature forests, open meadows and along three stretches of roadway. It is recommended that anyone hiking or biking this trail carry a copy of the Lake Trail guide.
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Remember trail etiquette - take only pictures, leave only footprints, and use only marked trailsFor more informationon London's ESA hiking area's click here