Whilst some may consider it a little early in the year for a woodland walk, your author has it on good authority that now is an excellent time, with the first buds and catkins emerging, some plants starting to emerge on the woodland floor, and the lack of leaves affording good bird and squirrel spotting in the branches above.
In medieval times the wood was part of the Bishop of London’s hunting estate, and between the 16th and 18th centuries it was leased in parcels to private tenants for coppicing. By the 1880s, with the last tenant having given up his lease and with the local community fearing the sale of the wood for development as the railways arrived, the chuch made the decision to pass it into the care of the City of London, who maintain it to this day.
For more on Highgate Wood, click here. If you are looking to work Highgate Wood into a longer walk, you could try this one.