12th October 2014: Mill Hill to Cockfosters via the London Loop

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Red_rope_walk_12Oct14_012This is Section 16 of the London Loop trail, skipping the first three miles (Elstree to Mill Hill) which involves roads. We had to walk through streets to escape Mill Hill, past the college to Totteridge Fields Nature Reserve (with some cattle). Then green belt scenes along the Dollis Valley Green Walk to Underhill. From there we went up the hill into High Barnet for our lunch stop in the Court House Park café. There was an optional visit in the local museum, which has a fine display of the Battle of Barnet (1471) and an explanation of why Richard III was a good king. The afternoon session took us from the shopping centre past the houses of David Livingstone and Fanny Trollope to Hadley Green, site of the battle. We continued into Hadley Common, pausing at the World War I memorial, and at the former house of Spike Milligan, before making our way through Hadley Wood past Jack’s Lake to Cockfosters.

This was mainly easy walking on field paths and some roads, though after rain the woods were muddy. We passed historic buildings in both Mill Hill and Barnet, among them residences of people known for their impact on the political life of England and the wider world. For any wishing to make a donation to UNA with UNICEF there is a quiz sheet in which you rate their effects on human progress. This could be done in the Cock and Dragon pub at the end of the walk

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