Enfield Lock to Chigwell


Mum, Dad and I walked another section of the London Loop between Enfield Lock and Chigwell.


The first part of the walk was along the Turkey Brook to the Lee Navigation. We actually walked this last time too.

But I hadn't noticed this crazy pipe.
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The Navigation is basically a canal built alongside the River Lea. We crossed the bridge by the lock, noting that nobody's done anything to repair the burned-out pub yet.

The welcoming bridge.
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The route then led us a little way along the canal, ground we'd already covered when we did the Lea Valley Walk. Sadly we had to turn off just before reaching the power station, heading over to the river proper which we also crossed.

My landscape photography tip #1: always shoot into the sun.
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Reaching a road, we met our second boarded-up pub of the day, then crossed to a footpath which led steeply uphill.

The windows are all sort of hanging open slightly, like it exploded or something...
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There is no tip #2. :)
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Nice flag on this cattle shed.
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It got all countryside again. From the hill there were impressive views of the two reservoirs, which apparently supply a quarter of London's water. That makes them pretty wet. After that we passed by the Gilwell Park Scout camp (and headquarters of the organisation), which is well equipped with CCTV so that leaders can record footage of little boys.

My dad's in this picture - good luck finding him. The post is a waymarker for the London Loop.
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And here's Queen Elizabeth's hunting lodge. It's a Tudor building but has been heavily modified; apparently the top two floors used to have no walls, so she could sit up there in the freezing cold and watch them hunting. Except they hadn't invented binoculars yet so unless somebody dragged a convenient stag across right in front of the house she wasn't going to see much. Must have been a great life as Queen.
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Back to civilisation

The last bit of the walk was through suburbs, then across the Central Line, around a large lake where they'd dug up gravel to build the M11, past an enormous sports centre complex, across the aforesaid M11 on another busy road, and so to the station and home.

Another waymarker. Going up!
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They really don't want anyone throwing things off this railway footbridge.
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