25th May 2014: Northwood Hills to Rickmansworth

Humphrey’s ‘invented’ walk.

By tube through miles of leafy suburbs to the Californian-sounding Northwood Hills, we were straight away into a wonderful – and wonderfully muddy and slippery – beech wood, walking alongside Ruislip Lido. At the famous Lido’s Art Deco cafe some of us had icecream, joining all the other Bank Holiday visitors and children. No-one swam. Past buttercup meadows and through a nature reserve, following the confusingly signposted Hillingdon Trail, stopping for lunch on a sunny hilltop with extensive views, we arrived at the Uxbridge Canal and walked the last few miles north to Ricksmanworth, where there is another large country park, lakes, reed beds, nature reserve.

A really interesting, varied and challenging walk – and 12 of us came along to enjoy it. Thanks Humphrey (who had to do quite a lot of work finding ways to avoid the mud, which sign to follow etc).

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