Here are a few options for getting out into nature in the West end this weekend!
Warbler Woods Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is located in west London between Commissioners Road and Byron Baseline Road. Warbler Woods forms part of a continuous natural corridor extending north to Kains Woods. The rolling hills and steep ravines of Warbler Woods create a scenic area for hiking, bird watching, and nature appreciation. The upland deciduous forest is particularly beautiful in the spring when it is carpeted with trilliums, trout lilies and other early-blooming plants.
Kains Woods Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is located in west London near Kains Road, north of the Oxford Street West Extension bridge, along the Thames River. This stretch of the Thames is called River Bend or The Thumb, referring to the rivers large northward meander. The 5 km-long hiking trail is marked with yellow or white blazes on trees. The white blazes mark the Thames Valley Trail, which also uses this easement. The trails are somewhat challenging with several steep and muddy sections.
Sifton Bog Environmentally Significant Area is located on the south side of Oxford Street, west of Hyde Park Road. Parking is available at the main entrance on Oxford Street. The main feature of this 40-ha public site is the floating acid peat bog and associated boreal plant life. Deciduous swamp and upland forest surround the bog, providing a sharp contrast between the northern (boreal) and southern (Carolinian) vegetation types. A 370-metre long boardwalk leads from the parking lot at Oxford Street to Redmond’s Pond at the centre of the bog, where there is a viewing platform. Most of the trails are easy to walk, but there are a couple of short hills
Remember trail etiquette - take only pictures, leave only footprints, and use only marked trailsFor more information on Londons Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) trails click here