Sunday, December 6, 2009

Photos of the first ever walk! The Trial Run

(Sign to prove we really did go on the walk!)

(Enfield Lock)

Well! We did it. The Trial Run Walk has now already taken place, so the LWG seal is now broken.

(Lots of puddles like this along the way)

This trial run was a short walk, from Waltham Cross to Ponders End, along the Lea Valley River.

(Jenny B)

Initially we were to meet at 11am, however we decided to start a little later and meet at 12am.
(Oliver waiting for Jenny at Waltham Cross Station)
At around 11.40 I got a call from Jenny - the only person apart from myself who had committed to walk this walk (well, we only decided to do it a couple of days earlier, so there was no real notice for anyone) to say she had missed her train. Doh!

(Josiah, Andrea and Lou-bear waiting for Jenny B)

I admit, I thought she was trying to find a way to back out of the walk, so I said I was going to carry on regardless, thinking to give Jenny the perfect way out, but ..."what? without me? There is another train fairly soon!" Aw!

(Long boats, Barges and Boats)

Oliver, Josiah (my sons), Lou (my dog) and I waited for a short while at Waltham Cross station till Jenny got there and off we went.

(Bridge that leads to Enfield Island Village)

The walk itself was pretty uneventful, but fantastic all the same. The weather was fairly cold and cutting on hands and face, but if you had dressed properly, Jenny, you would have been fine. In fact, I had too much on and was actually nearly uncomfortably hot.

(Jenny B, Josiah, Oliver and Louby-lou)

Anyway! The walk took us around 2 hours, it would have taken less time, but we did stroll the first half, chatting and yelling my boys who insisted on wrestling the whole way. We got rid of the boys when we got to Enfield Lock (I live just 5 minutes from there) and Jenny, I and Lou walked the rest of the way by ourselves. We picked up the pace and managed to get Jenny to her train back to London just as it was pulling into Ponders End station. We couldn't have timed it better!

(Boats along the River Lea)

The walk itself is probably not the most beautiful one either of us have ever taken, Lea Valley does have a lot of Industrial Estates built along the banks, and there was quite a bit of litter and rubbish along the way.

(Industrial Estates found along the way)

But there were some lovely spots, lots of barges, boats and other floating home type things, lots of fields (although lots of electricity pylons growing in them) and lots of swans, ducks and...what are those black birds with white beaks that hang out with ducks called? Coots or something? Anyway, them!

And it was just nice to spend time with someone, walking and talking and relaxing. And feeling that you are doing something good for body, spirit and soul.

(Jenny B just in time for the train back to Central London)

Can't wait for next Sunday where we will be doing the same, but for longer...hope to see you then!

(Bye Bye Jenny! See you next Sunday...)

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