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Words and Photography by

Harry Hawkins

The London Loop - Leg 6

Cockfosters Station to Enfield Lock Station

Tree Roots in Turkey Brook - Forty Hall

April 2007

The London Loop Leg 6

Cockfosters Station to Enfield Lock Station

Saturday, 28th April, 2007


The London Loop is a 140 mile walk around London and roughly just inside the M25 (although you do not see it) passing through as many green places as possible such as parks, woods, commons, riverside protected areas and open farmland.

The West Essex Ramblers covered this in about 10 mile stretches over the period 2006 to 2008.

We followed the path using "The London Loop" by David Sharp, ISBN1854107593, £13 rrp.

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Some commentary on the photos,

which is also a reflection on the walk

[Road information is just to help identify where we were].

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We left Cockfosters Station going straight into countryside (Images 1 & 2) soon arriving at Trent Park (Image 3). We walked through the grounds (Image 4).

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Here is an information board about Enfield Chase and Trent Park. [This picture should actually be before image 4 of the last composite). It is a London Loop board.

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Here is the information board for Trent Country Park. Sorry, it is not very clear.

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In the park, we walked through a field by a lake(Image 1), where Trent Park House, now Middlesex University, was peeping above the trees(Image 2) . Next we came to a historic moat - Camlet - (Image 3) which is described on the next information board. The obelisk of 1702 (Image 4) can be viewed from the house.

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The information board about the ancient Camlet moat and settlement. This and the moat are situated just off the path - you have to look for them!

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[We crossed Hadley Road].

We walked north of Hadley Road and passed a field (Image 1), another field (Image 2), then onto a bridge (Image 3) over Salmon's Brook, then there were more fields (Image 4).

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This was a nice rural setting with a horse drinking from a rather depleted water hole.

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We walked towards the Ridgeway where we found these beautiful catkins (Image 1), this graceful line of trees (Image 2), a view of the way we came (Image 3) and finally the view south towards Alexandra Palace (Image 4), which is just discernible on the horizon in the middle of the image.

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[We crossed the Ridge Way after walking 100 yds down it].

North of the Ridgeway, there was a fine view, . the M25 is probably in a cutting on the horizon.

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Similar view to the last one except, we now followed a lane to Rectory Farm.

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Leaving Rectory Farm, I stood above Turkey Brook to photograph another pleasant scene - this red house.

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It was not too long before we had passed under the railway, between Gordon Hill and Crews Hill stations and were facing St John the Baptist Church at the top of Clay Hill.

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Lunch was eaten either in the Fallow Buck or seated in a nearby field opposite St John the Baptist Church.

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From the back of the pub, the path ran parallel to Clay Hill through hilly fields. There was an open space (Image 1), a bridge over Turkey Brook (Image 2), another view of the river (Image 3) and finally a bandstand (Image 4).

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[We crossed Clay Hill].

We walked beside Whitewebbs Park and passed a bridge (Image 1) which is over an old course of the New River. We entered Forty Hall then returned to Turkey Brook. Next came a fishing lake (Image 2) where we saw a Heron (Image 3). The river had a fascinating tree root projecting into it (Image 4).

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[We crossed Forty Hill/Bulls Cross].

This is Maidens Bridge, where local legend says that Sir Walter Raleigh laid down his cloak for Queen Elizabeth I to step over a puddle. Just north of here is Myddelton House, named after Sir Hugh Myddelton who built the New River to supply fresh drinking water from Hertfordshire to London

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The path should have passed through the cattle tunnel, under Maidens Bridge, but it was sealed off on the other side. Here is a view of it anyway.

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We walked from the bridge, over the New River (underground at this point), through the Dell (Image 1) then up and over the A10 (Image 2). The Enfield Crematorium grounds (Image 3) were well maintained and the Turkey Brook, in Turkey Street, was pleasant although there was some litter (Image 4).

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We crossed Hertford Road by The Sun and Woolpack pub (Image 1). After a street or two, we were back to Turkey Brook (Image 2). The river was messy and contained litter, but the fish appeared healthy enough (Image 3). Finally we walked through Albany Park (Image 4).

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Over the railway and after a few streets we were at Enfield Lock Station (the platform is visible near the rear of the train). This was the end of our walk.