Start - Broxbourne
Finish - Theydon Bois
Geocaches - 5
Pubs - The Crown - Waltham Abbey, Kings Oak - Epping Forest, The Bull - Theydon Bois
Previous Stages - Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6, Stage 7, Stage 8, Stage 9, Stage 10, Stage 11, Stage 12, Stage 13, Stage 14, Stage 15, Stage 16, Stage 17, Stage 18
The London Countryway is moving towards its end. With three legs to go, I enter Essex, the final county.
There's no better description for today's leg than "A walk of two halves".
The first half is a four mile stretch southbound on the Lea Valley County Park. I've walked the River Lea from Source to Mouth, so know exactly what to expect. If you haven't, imagine a relentless canal, with an arrow straight path dissecting water filled gravel pits to the opposite side. Throw in lunatic cyclists with their painfully annoying bells and you'll be rather pleased to reach Waltham Abbey.
|Lea Valley Country Park in a Picture|
|Marking the entry into the final county|
|A Rare 11am Opener|
|What you get for being first in|
|Impressive Church in the Abbey Grounds|
The M25 has been added since Keith Chesterton wrote the guide. It's kind of fun reading him use terms like "if it will be built". I wonder if the same will happen with HS2 in the future?
Once the motorway is bridged, its a short section of countryside, before reaching Epping Forest.
|Out the other side of Waltham Abbey|
The second half of this walk proves a delight, the mighty trees offering plenty of shade and broad rides taking me all the way to Theydon Bois. Only one photo required, so you can get the drift.
|Perfect Place to walk in an Indian Summer|
|Charming Theydon Bois|