1st February 2015: Highgate to Hackney Wick following the Capital Ring

This walk covered Capital Ring sections 12 and 13, much of these familiar to Red Rope walkers.  Six of us walked some or all the route, though not all together. On a mild day for February, we met at Highgate tube and walked down the Parkland Walk (an old railway), pausing occasionally to admire the decked back extensions of Crouch Hill and Stroud Green residents.

By the reservoir (it wasn't this dark, but an interesting picture)

By the reservoir with The Castle in the background (it wasn’t this dark, but an interesting picture)

Crossing Finsbury Park we took the New River path to Woodberry Down Estate on Seven Sisters Road.  The New River walk is now horribly muddy; but Woodberry Down firm going as the mega project developer (Berkeley Homes) laid new paths along lakeside.  We had a lively discussion of the merits of the old and new Woodberry Down apartment blocks.  After leaving the lakes by the yacht club, a stretch of Green Lanes main road led to Clissold Park, full of families enjoying sunshine, and providing loos.

A heron by the New River

A heron by the New River

To Abney Park Cemetery for a picnic lunch, surrounded by stone angels.  We lost Sarah here, gained Veronica, failed to spot Don, and marched on to Springfield Park, where refreshments recommended.

Steve Butters and William Booth in Abney Park Cemetery

Steve Butters and William Booth in Abney Park Cemetery

After appreciating fine views of Walthamstow Marsh we staggered down green slope to the Lea Navigation towpath. A three mile stroll south to the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park was a familiar stretch, full of history and moored narrow boats.   We counted this nine-mile traverse of north London a successful way to introduce the entire Capital Ring, which some of us now planned to circumnavigate as a small group project, walking on one Thursday morning each month.

Steve Butters

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About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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