Next walk, slightly longer but with a few stops. Did this one with Alex over the Bank Hol w/e. Bounds Green to Hampstead Heath via Muswell Hill, Highgate Woods, and across the Heath, about 8 miles in all.
Muswell Hill breakfast; Eggs Benedict @ the cafe on the Hill being always great… stopping next to the cricket pitch in the woods to play around on the get fit type equipment and taking photo’s of the bluebells and the biverwhacks… wandering in a sort of westish direction across the heath after dreaming of owning a house in Highgate, stopping off for a drink at the old 16th century pub the Spaniards Inn (which was nice but very pricey for 2 drinks)… wandering down to Vale of Heath and then onto the M&S below the station to pick up food… coffee, overground, tube, home!
Google maps aren’t the most attractive of maps really, but they are incredibly useful. I actually prefer bing maps for the birds eye views but google is far better for me working out where I walked, how long it was and so on…
I’m off to Norway end of the month to walk to the tops of 7 mountains in a day around Bergen. I should have been doing a bit more walking (and general exercise) before May but, well, I didn’t. So May will see me carrying out a few longish London walks.
This one sees me start off from Westminster and just head North, see how far I get before my feet complain. Only 6.3 miles as it goes… the fact I was wearing old plimsole stype shoes with the heels falling to bits and rubbing saw to me stopping earlier than I perhaps should have. I folded my sock over to help protect my heel near the top of Liverpool Rd in Islington - not a place I’d ever been before - which helped a bit.
I’ve walked most of the roads in zone 1 that I re-trod, stopping at the co-op for a sandwhich near Charing Cross, stopping at the Weatherspoons below Holborn station to spend a penny and win a couple of quid on a fruit machine. Took a cut from near Russel Square to Kings Cross which I hadn’t taken before, skirting around the east of Coram’s Fields and connecting up with Grays Inn Rd - walked past Smithys along the cobbles… up towards Angel but heading up Liverpool Rd and seeing more of ‘leafy’ Islington than I had before… you can pretty much smell the Gaurdian newsprint from the recycling bins lining the wide, peaceful streets.
From Highbury & Islington I headed up alongside Highbury Fields, another place I’d never ventured before, very nice! And then up into the Arsenal teritory… not that I’m a Spurs fan but I’ve always lived in that neck of the woods and being in close proximity to the Arsenal feels weird.
The leafy burbs turn into the more urban Blackstock Rd and that takes me up to Finsbury Park where I rest my feet and get a tube. Next time I’ll be wearing a new pair of walking boots I hope. Wearing them in for the mountain walking on the flat North London paths…
Most interesting thing I saw on the walk was the Highbury Grove Clocktower;