Capital Ring 11 and 12: Hendon to Finsbury Park


Another walk on the Capital Ring long-distance path (section 11 and part of section 12).


We started from Hendon Central station, walked through Hendon Park, and then along residential streets and onto Brent Street. Near the road junction, the River Brent runs beside the road and there are two strange-looking gazebos either side of it.

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Gazing at the opposite gazebo.
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According to our guidebook, these survive from the gardens of a hotel that was demolished in 1974.

But there’s a nice block of flats still there.
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The route then goes through parkland beside the North Circular.

Say No to Meat.
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Green pond. (And a duck.)
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White streaks on a bit of fence.
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Given the previous graffiti, it might be ironic that the next part of the walk ran alongside Mutton Brook. (It’s a tributary of the River Brent.)

Bridge over the brook.
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Tunnel taking Mutton Brook under the North Circular.
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Tunnel lighting.
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Water running down a side wall.
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We walked through a residential area for some time.

Private property (nice sign).
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This may be the world’s ugliest car. If not, it’s probably still the reddest.
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After East Finchley station, we walked through a small park and then into Highgate Wood.

East Finchley station with archer statue.
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Bridges near station.
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No wood is complete without a three-piece suite.
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Nice wall for walking on.
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There was a short stretch along roads.

‘Never play cards with a man named Doc’; mural next to a bar.
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Black and green garage door.
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We then descended to join the route of a disused railway line.

These two tunnels, in the opposite direction, are gated off.
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They are used, apparently, as a home for bats.
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Bricks, tree, and graffiti.
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Stairs out of the railway cutting.
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KZA graffiti. Oh, and a spriggan climbing out of the wall.
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Getafix? Probably just a mad scientist. (DRYER.)
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Sunlight on brick, graffiti, and tree saplings.
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This part of the route ended at a footbridge over the mainline railway (where the disused line had once joined it). We then crossed the park to Finsbury Park station, and took the train home.

Bowling alley.
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