We had a nice westerly walk across the far north of the metropolis, just scraping that part of the country that is not London, feeling beyond the ridgeway the cool snowy breeze of Hertfordshire, and beyond it Yorkshire, and a hint in the rolling earth of the uplands of Scotland.
This month continues that experience, picking up at Cockfosters – the last station on the Piccadilly line – and walking across the clay hill countryside to Elstree and Borehamwood. It’s often roadside, because the land is enclosed by country estates, with some bridleways, so boots recommended, though dancing shoes may be better as Elstree is where the BBC records many of its most popular shows, like Strictly Come Dancing!
Clearing the footpath above Hadley Wood station
17th century entrance to Dyrham Park. According to Walter Jerrold Rambles in Greater London this archway was originally erected in 1660 at the end of London Bridge as the triumphal arch through which Charles II entered the City on his restoration.
Aeriel view of Wrotham Park and Dyrham Park beyond, (c) Historic England, photo by Damian Grady, http://services.historicengland.org.uk/capability-brown-map/index.html
Cedar of Lebanon at Monken Hadley Common
Hadley Common in full leaf (c) Google
Hurst Cottage Hadley