Some extracts from the blog.
Last weekend, I went off in glorious sunshine to do the fourth leg of the Capital Ring, from Hendon Central to Finsbury Park – this is not exactly what the book recommends, but it was convenient for me for transport. It was a very warm seven miles, and contained some of the most marvelous sections I have encountered so far, and also the worst – though that was mercifully short. I started off in Hendon Park, and then worked my way along the North Circular for about 150 yards – probably the low point of the entire circuit! But then along the River Brent, past disused duck decoy pools, and then through the elegant spaciousness of Hampstead Garden Suburb.
A half-day’s leave last week, and a nine mile walk in the sunshine from Finsbury Park to West Ham – leaving North London, and entering Docklands, with the smell of the Thames ever nearer. I started at Manor House, and after a short walk through the park, joined the New River, which I followed on a great loop for over a mile, ending up passing the two reservoirs which the river (really a carefully engineered canal) has supplied since 1613, and finishing by The Castle. The Castle is an extraordinarily fanciful building, now a climbing centre, but originally a water company pump house.
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