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Historic Hackney

Clapton Common is the start of this walk through historic Hackney and the open spaces that have been preserved. It is such a small fragment of the common but from here there is a view across the Lea Valley to to Epping Forest and the haze in the distance would have been seen by people hundreds of years ago.

Clapton Common

From here it is a short and pleasant walk through the back streets of Hackney to Stoke Newington Common, again just remnants of what was once a much larger common - but just across the road there is Abney Park Cemetery to discover - a place to linger if you enjoy ancient, overgrown and mysterious places.

Abney Park Cemetery

The walk could end here or there may be time to catch a bus to Dalston Eastern Curve Garden - always worth a visit to see how derelict railway land can be transformed into a natural and uplifting space.

Start at Clapton Station and end at Stoke Newington Station or Dalston Junction


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