London Loop Walk 18 & 19 – Enfield Lock to Chigwell

I returned by train to Enfield Lock station to start the next section of the Loop. The route starts by following Turkey Brook again:

After nearly a mile, pretty Enfield Lock (on the River Lea) itself is reached:

The route then follows the ‘River Lea Navigation’:

and crosses the River Lea itself:

This leads to Sewardstone Marsh Nature Reserve:

and the path up the hill to Sewardstone itself:

The woods at the top were full of Wild Garlic:

and have good views over the Lea Valley and King George’s Reservoir (though I doubt that he actually built it himself):

This is a really nice section of the London Loop, hard to believe that East London is so close!

A section of road walking followed, then the entrance to Gilwell Park (home of the Scout Association) was reached:

I’ve camped here many times in years gone by – my main memory is of cooking breakfast in a tent when the canvas blew off and I of course continued, this time with extensive views of King George’s Reservoir!

The route then heads through Epping Forest to Chingford:

The large ‘tree’ in this photo is a disguised mobile phone mast on the edge of Chingford Plain:

Chingford Plain is the start of the section 19:

Eventually, the forest leads to the suburbia of Buckhurst Hill, albeit with a nice path:

The Central Line to Epping is then crossed:

Next is Roding Valley, with a nice lake and park:

and a good path along the River Roding:

All too soon, the M11 needs to be crossed:

and then it’s a long walk down a busy road to Chigwell Station and the train home:

9 miles of London Loop walking today and 2 Geocaches found.

London Loop Walk 20 and 21 – Chigwell to Harold Wood

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