Monday, 2 February 2009

Herts to Start, then Essex Again

On Sunday nine of us met at Broxbourne station on a very cold morning with a promise of snow in the air. We were walking the last ten mile stage of the West Anglian Way.

We were led by Henriette Van Zaelen, picture below in the grey beret.

Checking the route..

An icy wind nipped at our faces but gave the yachting fraternity some sport.

One of the more unusual features of the walk was a pair of obelisks marking the Greenwich Meridian. This one was in the north.

And then, exactly a kilometre to it's south, this one, proudly modelled by yours truly, standing in the eastern hemisphere.

Towards the end of the walk we arrived at Waltham Abbey, burial place of King Harold.

This splendid monk, carved from Epping oak, gazes towards the Abbey. Perhaps he is dreaming of toasted teacakes. (We can recommend the ones at Philpotts!).

And finally, in odd animals corner... A reminder that if you go down to the woods today you are sure of a big surprise... We met this fellow...

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