Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross, London

Camley Street Natural Park: Yes, there really IS a nature reserve in King’s Cross

Since starting this blog, I’ve had a few surprises, from stumbling upon perfect peace and quiet in Brick Lane to looking directly into a human brain in Holborn. But nothing prepared me for Camley Street Natural Park.

On the face of it, a pond surrounded by woodland and a nature reserve is nothing too out of the ordinary in the UK. We’re not exactly short of a grassy knoll and a tree or two.

But what makes this particular patch of woody loveliness so special is that it’s right in the middle of one of the busiest parts of central London, and so close to the station that you can hear the Eurostar announcements.

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross London

Image: A Peace of London

Created from an old coal yard in 1984, Camley Street Natural Park sits between the Eurostar platform at King’s Cross St Pancras and Regent’s Canal. It had been on my to-do list for a while: it being not-quite summer in London and 60-hour weeks not allowing for much flitting about in nature reserves.

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross London

Image: A Peace of London

But the pictures speak for themselves: just goodness, everywhere.

Nearest Tube: King’s Cross

More information: visit WildLondon.org

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross London

Image: A Peace of London

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross London

Image: A Peace of London

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross London

Image: A Peace of London

Comments (04)

  1. Oh, Charlotte, that sounds delightful! Another one to add to the list of places we still have not explored in London. I love when I hear about a little gem of a place like the one you just recommended. It really gets me excited when I get hubby and kids to a new attraction/park. We might wait a few more weeks until Nature is milder and there are a few more flowers around. Will report back! Thanks for this post! Julie x

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    1. Yes definitely go when you get the chance in the spring/summer! It’s one of those places that changes completely throughout the year. I hope to visit again myself when the weather warms up. Perfect for the kids too with all the wildlife :) Please do let me know how you get on.
      Charlotte x

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