98 – The Alban Way: St Albans to Hatfield and back 15.1 miles – 31st January

In short: our quest to find longer but relatively dry walks continues… The Alban Way is a disused railway line, a cycle path and also fully accessible for wheelchairs and buggies so very well-surfaced. To join the start, we walked a small section of the Ver-Colne Valley walk which was exceptionally muddy; the rest was […]

97 – Rickmansworth Aquadrome to Cassiobury Park, Watford 10 miles – 22nd January

In short: fabulous watery walk from the lovely Aquadrome in Rickmansworth, making use of Ebury Way and the Grand Union canal towpath. Everywhere still very wet including huge puddles on the towpath. But all paths reasonably well-surfaced so passable with good waterproof walking boots. Plentiful free parking, adequate, clean, public toilets at start and smart […]

96 – Lea Valley in East London, Hertford Union & Regents Canals and Limehouse Link 13 miles – 17th January

In short: our route from Springfield Park to the Olympic Park extended by a loop of these 3 canals. All towpath walking so very little mud. Free on-street parking, public toilets in Springfield Park at the start, at the Lee Valley ice rink and in the Olympic Park. 4 hrs 20 mins walking + 40 […]

95 – Muswell Hill loop including Alexandra Park 6.1 miles – 10th January

In short: a walk from home to meet friends for coffee in Crouch End, including Highgate Woods, a stretch of the Parkland Walk and Alexandra Park. 2 hrs walking + 1 hr pitstop (lots to catch up on over coffee!) Starting from close to home – the junction of Creighton Avenue and Pages Lane in […]

94 – Lea Valley loop from Waltham Abbey 7.3 miles – 3rd January

In short: early in the New Year – and everywhere very muddy underfoot, hence an easy towpath walk along the lovely Waltham Abbey section of the Lea Valley. Plentiful free parking and clean well-maintained public toilets; good café for lunch and coffee at the end. 2 hrs 35 mins walking + 40 mins pitstop. We […]

93 – Totteridge short loop 4.3 miles – 21st December

In short: brief but lovely pre-Christmas walk in familiar local beauty spot at Totteridge. Free on-street parking; usual fab cafe. 1 hr 50 mins walking + 45 mins pitstop. A combination of a shortage of time and filthy weather leads us to a short walk around the lovely Darlands Lake and it’s immediate surroundings in […]