Start - Moor Park Underground
Finish - Elstree
My overriding memory of Stage 10 of the London Loop will be woodland, posh houses and the thwack of golf balls. A pleasant enough walk, but a walk lacking in items of interest, views and most importantly, pubs.
Firstly, eagle eyed blogfans will notice that this is my 2nd, once a month visit to the London Loop in August. I could argue that this is because there are five weekends in August 2014, but the reality is that I simply don't have any free weekends left in September.
Next week's blog is taking a different tack - a Kate Bush live review.
But how to get back down to Moor Park Underground, when once again, the Metropolitan line is not functioning. I work out a convoluted route on public transport that involves 2 trains, a bus and a tube. Then I look on Google Maps and work out its only 4.5 miles from Watford Junction.
I will treat myself and avoid the complexity of the original plan.
Despite having a ticket to Bushey, I mange to escape out through the barriers at Watford Junction and into the delights of a manky toyota with stained seats.
The driver is friendly and on hearing my adventures asks if I am in a competition. Only with myself, I reply. He then distracts me from the fact that he doesn't seem to have a meter by telling me that legally he doesn't need to wear a seat belt because he is driving a hackney carriage and you can't put seat belts on horses.
This gem of knowledge costs me £12.60. For an 11 minute journey.
I am possibly in the wrong job.
But at least I am here. What to say about the walking? Woodland and Golf courses to start before I am delivered to the road into the Private Housing Estate that I spied from the back of ancient Toyota.
|Loopers Ahead - how did they get here?|
|Unexpected views of Wembley. After Albion's performance today, the closest I will get.|
|Cache at the Dyke. And the most amateur signage on the Loop.|
|Hid, Better than found.|
10.5 miles into the walk and you know what my mind has been thinking of for at least the last 4 miles. And then it comes into view - an oasis offering the weary traveller sustenance.
|Guess What - I've been here before. Evening meal when on a training course|