27th April 2017: Lost River Fleet

This was the last of the series of Lost Rivers of London walks. Starting from Whitestone Pond, where one branch of the River Fleet rises (another branch starts at Highgate) we made our way across Hampstead Heath passing some of the swimming ponds. Then we walked south through the backstreets to Kentish Town and on to St Pancras churchyard for our lunch stop. Here we looked in Old St Pancras church, and saw the Hardy Tree and the graves of Mary Wollstonecraft and Sir John Soane. Passing between St Pancras and King’s Cross stations, we continued south to Clerkenwell and Farringdon. After viewing the last stretch of our route from Holborn Viaduct, we finished at Blackfriars, where the tide was too high to view the outflow of the Fleet from its drainage pipe, so we returned to the Blackfriars pub for a celebratory drink.

The plan for the summer months is to return to continue the Essex Way, arriving at Harwich in September.

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