Back in the heady days of 2016, when our monthly print editions would fill the pubs and cafes of the wider neighbourhood, we ran with an eye-catching front cover suggesting that Kentish Town and Camden were sitting on London’s answer to NYC’s High Line. Remember it here?
After that things moved pretty quickly: readers overwhelmingly showed their support, influential local bigwigs Camden Town Unlimited got on board, and an initial stage of the project became joyously crowdfunded.
Fast forward to 2020 and it’s actually happening. Yes, the plans to turn 1.2km of disused railway viaduct into a new elevated park are officially underway.
So this is how it will pan out: the Highline will begin at Camden Gardens, home to the new pocket park and a 5-minute walk from Camden Town station and the iconic Camden Market.
From there, the route proceeds to Camden Road, the widest part of the Highline at 18 metres. The word is that this section is the perfect site for any new community activity built into the project.
After this, the path continues for around 500 metres and crosses three bridges before arriving at Camley Street. Another 500 metres down and you reach York Way, the final entrance/exit point and an easy-peasy five-minute stroll from King’s Cross.
But why read this description when you can watch an aerially-shot video of the whole damn walkway right here (perhaps with the sound off if you find the soundtrack a little too jaunty)? And, as ever, we’ll keep you posted.
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Main image: French & Tye