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

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