Geocaches - 14
Start - Cockfosters
Finish - Chingford
Traditionally, Stage 12 of the London Loop should have ended after a more sedate 9 miles, at Enfield Lock Station. Once again "Planned Engineering Works" on our railway system have meant a change of plan. There really is no need to kick start the economy with HS2. We are spending loads maintaining our existing infrastructure.
So, I will attempt to force three stages into two - even if we are double digit walking from now until the end of the Loop.
This stage is a perfect representation of the Loop. Some fine walking, some unexpected oddities and the delights of walking past the chicken shops of some run down satellite town looking like an oddball in a Soft Shell Suit, carrying a rucksack.
It starts off wonderfully - the loop passes the entrance to Cockfosters Underground, so I am straight on it and into Trent Park and the former Royal hunting park of Enfield Chase.
|Into the Woods|
This is what the Loop needs - a fine Arthurian legend. Could this be the site of the legendary Camelot? It certainly has it's royal associations and ghostly legends.
|Avoiding the temptation to say it is "A Silly Place"|
|This is London|
With the extra miles and a named train to catch on the way back, I need to get a move on. It's two hours by the time I reach Cuckolds Hill and I have only done about 4 miles. At least there is a lengthy stretch with no caches which should enable me to gain speed.
|If I don't Gallop, I will miss the 16:23 Return|
|Reputedly owned by Dick Turpin's Grandparents. They loved the footie|
|No doubt phoning Poland to get the resources to finish the job.|
This is a confusion of man made water ways, filling into the seemingly huge King George Reservoir. As you cannot see over the banks, you are not quite sure of the scale. On the map, it looks all of it's 420 Acres - making it the largest in London.
|River Lee filling the Reservoir - hidden behind the green banks|
After some lonely walking (all uphill), I reach the Scouting Facility of Gilwell Park. You have to love Scouts. They plant geocaches. And there a three to get in quick succession. With the height gained, I also get the first look of London that the loop has provided for sometime.
|Scouting Badge for Survellience|
|London - 10 Miles as the Crow Flies|