Sunday, 24 May 2015

The London Loop

Elstree → Enfield Lock

Distance: 20.17 miles
Ascent: 436 metres
Duration: 6 hours 24 minutes

Harrow, Barnet, Enfield
« Not walked | Not walked »

Once again we've seen more tarmac today than we'd have liked. The worst moment was crossing the A1. There's no provision for LOOP walkers here, and a fence down the central reservation means the only option is a half mile walk down a cycle path before crossing in an underpass and repeating the feat on the other side.

naked-woman.jpg(In the woods hereabouts someone had painted onto a tree trunk the words "NAKED WOMAN" with an arrow pointing deeper into the foliage. We don't think this was related to last week's encounter in Oxhey Woods.)

We've kissed the end of two more tube lines - the Northern at High Barnet and the Piccadilly at Cockfosters. I'd once considered walking the length of the Underground, but I think the moment's passed now.

The sound of live music drifted in as we walked along one valley-floor path. Outside the pub at its end a band played valiantly as a small crowd sheltered from the drizzle under a gazebo and looked longingly at a soggy barbecue. It must be a bank holiday weekend!

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