You soon learn, when attempting to walk the 140-mile circuit of London, that you are at the whim and mercy of the train lines. Part 2 of our journey round the outer fringes of the capital was always going to be a continuation from last time, starting from Chigwell and moving east to Harold Hill. Alas for railworks. Rather than contemplating a series of special bus journeys, we changed our plans and travelled up to Cockfosters instead.
Out on the metatarsals of the Piccadilly Line all is serene. The ancient hunting grounds of Enfield Chase are picture book English countryside. Tits and finches and parakeets dart among the trees. Away from the roads, there's a permanent gurgle from the innumerable brooks and streams. The occasional report of an air rifle is the only human intrusion.
This stretch of the London Loop takes in the landscaped grounds of Trent Park, the hills and woods of Enfield Chase, through places known as Botany Bay and Cuckold's Hill to the less-than-sylvan pavements of Enfield itself. Click through the gallery for a photo tour.