Gay Outdoor Club
The activity club for gay men and women and their friends

Capital Ring--East Finchley to Stoke Newington

12 Feb 2018 | London Group

17 men set off yesterday (Sunday) on a crisp morning for an 8 mile walk along a part of the orbital ring  route which is mostly about 5 or 6 out from Central London. Welcome to 3 "first timers" , Brian, Simon and Alex. We really  hope to see you again. 

We passed through Highgate Wood which is said to date from  the last Ice Age, and onto the disused rail route know as Parkland Walk which today was not too busy with joggers etc. Attached to a brick embankment is a grotesquely ugly goblin type stone figure know as a Spriggan. Much local legend abound to it!!  We stopped in lovely Finsbury Park for a quickish sandwich and hot drink as not a day to hang around outside, then dropped down to a very muddy section of a waterway which is known as the New River. This was built nearly 400 years ago to bring fresh water from Hertford some 40 miles distant to the City of London. It still does and a gravity drop of 2 inches a mile ensures the flow of water.  Next onto the 2 reservoirs, one is a wetland centre where Cormaronts, Swans, and many types of Duck live and the other is a water sports centre. Then through to Clissold Park with a fine 1790's house (now cafe) and finally into Abney Park Cemetery, a famous non-denominated site said to contain about 300,000 bodies. A splendid walk led by Andy Fisher; some then repaired to a local Weatherspoons for a warm up and refreshments

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