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A walk to Springfield Park and Walthamstow Marshes.

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2020 at 9:54 pm

Heya stow, how’s you?

I’m not so great. Just a couple of weeks until another job redundancy and little joy in my job hunt. So I felt like getting out of the flat for a while. I was going to get the 123 bus to Wood Green to go to Alexandra Palace but didn’t fancy the 35 minute trip each way. Especially as it was warm but overcast. The one time I went to Ally Pally was 7 years ago in March and it was freezing. I’d like to go on a sunny day to really enjoy the view with my binoculars.

So, change of plan I went for a healthy walk down Coppermill Lane and over the Lea.

Ah, murals. This one kinda matches the ones on the garages the other end.
You can see how grey the skies were even though it was warm.

Springfield is very typical of urban London parks I think, as is Mansfield Park to the North. Lots of grass, tennis courts, landscaping.

Grass, trees. Loads of space.

But what I really like is the view.

I love the panoramic mode on my phone.

Using my binoculars (8x 20mm compact) I could see a lot of Walthamstow, certainly the tall buildings. The new apartment blocks near St James Street look really big.

After I crossed back over the lower bridge I decided to wander the Marshes a bit.

One day I’ll go in this pub I’ve seen from the overground so often. But not today.
More mural
The most awkward blue plaque in London. The arches where the Avro aircraft company started.
Moo cows!
And horses
Wow, this feels pure London.

I always forget how massive the Marshes are. And even in the middle of a Monday it was well used by the community. From the expected dog walkers and joggers to some people clearly enjoying some quiet time. Blackberry pickers enjoying a rich haul. To me, taking a break from my problems for a few hours.

On the way back I had a lager in the Coppermill pub (review soon) and stopped on the high street for a few groceries. But the nice surprise came as I passed the Al-Fath charity office on Palmerston Road. They must have recently finished sending lunches out to the most vulnerable in the stow and had some left. So a food package was thrust into my hands. I was moved by this act of kindness and told the two fellows how much they had cheered me up. By the time I got back to Higham Hill I’d built up a big appetite.

Chicken and chips with flat breads to make butties. I especially enjoyed the yogurts which I never get for myself.

So, I’m not coping great at the moment. But I’m grateful I live in such a lovely location. It helps a lot.

A bigger walk through Tottenham Marshes

In Places on June 30, 2020 at 6:35 pm

So with the hot weather last Monday I went back to Tottenham Marshes for a longer walk and explore.

The East Marshes looking brighter in the sun.

So I strolled up from the bottom of Higham Hill where I live back to the East Marsh. It was much warmer and I was grateful I packed a frozen bottle of water in my satchel. I did a loop over the North side but really wanted to get on and explore so crossed the little footbridge over the river Lea.

And over the river you end up on the Navigation.

So looking at the guide maps I knew I’d end up on the Lea Navigation and have to walk North to another footbridge. I’d never been up this section before and enjoyed seeing all the moored houseboats.

It’s still a bit industrial along the Navigation.
I decided to take a photo from the footbridge looking South. And not of the massive Edmonton IKEA.
The Marshes have maps at footpath junctions which help a lot.

I walked trying to go as deep into the area as possible while moving South. I was put off walking in the wild grass after recently seeing photos of tick wounds in a local group. Anyway, I’ve watched enough horror films to know straying from the path is a bad idea.

You’re going to find meeeeee, out in the countreeeeee

There were plenty of people strolling, cycling, jogging and walking dogs. I’d expect it to be busier on the weekend but being off work means I can use quiet opportunity.

And there is community art!

Half way down I rested in a picnic area to drink more water and eat a fruit bar to keep my blood sugar up. The paths eventually lead back to Forest Road but I veered West to visit the industrial estate behind Tottenham Hale.

I know Beavertown and Pressure Drop are shut but I just wanted to look longingly.

Walking through the massive estate of flats I found a nice sloped lawn. So I went to the mini Tesco in the estate to buy pop, sandwiches and a sausage roll for lunch to eat there.

After lunch I had a nice 30 minute read of the novel I was carrying.

Tottenham Hale retail park looked busy so I decided to give it a miss and stroll back through the North Wetlands.

Baby honkfloofs!

I’m really happy that after 16 years of living here I finally explored Tottenham Marshes. I’ve had many walks through the Wetlands during the lockdown and it’s nice to have another place I can walk off my stress.

A bit of Tottenham Marshes

In Places on June 13, 2020 at 3:25 pm

How are you doing, Walthamstow?

I’m not so good. I’m losing my job again at the end of July. I started this blog when I was unemployed in the last recession. I needed something that was mine, that gave me a sense of value. And here I am again.

And I’ve not left Walthamstow in nearly three months apart from the one trip to Chiswick to clear my desk. I have online friends, family on phone and my partner. But the first two I miss seeing in person.

This Thursday it was raining in the morning but by the afternoon the walls were feeling tight. I intended to walk up to Billet Road and back to my flat at the bottom of Higham Hill. But when I got there I didn’t feel like stopping. So with the help of Google maps I went up Folly Lane to the East section of Tottenham marshes.

Every time I walk under pylons I think of ‘Metal Gods’ by Judas Priest.

In my 16 years of living in Higham Hill and 19 years of involvement in ‘stow I’d never made the effort to come up this far. I’d walked in the Wetlands loads of times while I have been off work.

There’s a lovely wild grass area in the middle. It smelt wonderful. You can see the grey sky of the wet weather.

I was really happy to get a change of scenery after so long. There are lots of wild flowers and in the middle I could imagine I wasn’t in London.

From the side next to the Lea Navigation I could just see houses off Billet Road.

The sky was grey and the weather report said it would worson so I had a loop of the East section then headed home. But when the weather is better I plan to pack a lunch and have a bit of an expedition, carrying on down the West section along the Lea to Tottenham Hale. It’ll be something nice to look forward to in this grim time.

I hope you’re okay, Walthamstow.