20 April:                Lecture on The Battle of Barnet. Paul will invite you to step back in time to April 14th, 1471 and the Wars of the Roses. See how the course of English history was changed on this foggy Easter Sunday morning, when THREE kings of England came to spend the day in Barnet. And watch out, there’ll be some audience participation!

27 April                 High Barnet: We’ll explore 1000 years of the history of High Barnet. We’ll see the brewery that became a town hall, and a church that became a shopping centre. There are some beautiful old houses and alms-houses to marvel at, and we’ll also hear about a fair that was so famous that Cossacks flocked to it, and so infamous that Cossacks tried to close it down. Meet Paul and Hugh at High Barnet underground station.

  • By public transport: tube to High Barnet. There are two exits, very close to and within sight of one another. Paul and Hugh will meet you at the lower exit, next to the car park.
  • By car: park in station car park EN5 5RP, cost £6.50

4  May                   East Finchley Westwards: Meet Robin and Paul at East Finchley station ticket barrier, to follow the Capital Ring westwards along Mutton Brook, to Henlys Corner, Watersmeet junction with Dollis Brook, returning through the Hampstead Garden Suburb to East Finchley station. There is a large (paying) car park at the station – generally space available. Everyone meet at the station car park.

11 May                  Along the Capital Ring eastwards from East Finchley. Meet Robin and Hugh, again at East Finchley station car park to follow the Capital Ring eastwards through Cherry Tree Wood up into the very ancient Highgate Wood, Queens Wood and Crouch End Fields, up to Highgate station – return by bus or train to East Finchley station.

(From now on no rule of six applies: Tuesday walks at 10.45am and 2pm, Wednesdays at 2pm)

18/19 May             Hendon: Hendon remained largely rural until the 1920s. We’ll see a park where haymaking took place until then, the lovely medieval church and churchyard, where many famous people lie buried, and the former Church Farmhouse Museum, a Grade 2* listed building dating back to the 17th century. And we’ll also hear about modern Hendon — Hendon Aerodrome and the RAF Museum. Meet Paul and Robin at Hendon Central station.

  • By public transport: tube to Hendon Central (Northern line) There is only one exit, no toilets available.
  • By car: park in Queens Rd car park NW4 2TL, on the north edge of Hendon Park, by café and tennis courts, cost £2. There is also free street parking along most of the length of Wykeham Rd NW4 2SS, except11am-12pm. In either case, you’re left with a very short walk westwards along Queens Rd to the station.

25/26 May             Cockfosters to Monken Hadley Common: The Common, also known as Hadley Wood, is one of the loveliest green spaces in north London, and spring is the perfect season for a visit. We will be exploring the east side of the common, including the lovely Beech Hill Lake, better known as Jack’s Lake. Meet Paul and Hugh at Cockfosters tube station.

  • By public transport: Tube to Cockfosters. There is only one exit (no toilets in station).
  • By car: Park in station car park EN4 0DZ [zero DZ], cost £6.

1 June                    Lecture on Gilbert and Sullivan`s London: Hugh will give a zoom portrait of the two men, the places they each lived and worked, plus parts of London that found their way into their operas. The odd musical excerpt might be included for you to mute or not as you please!

8/9 June                 Waltham Abbey: Today we will visit this charming Essex market townwith historic connections to King Harold who is probably buried here.

  • By public transport meet at Tottenham Hale station at 10.30 or 1.30 where we will catch the train to Waltham Cross station and then the bus to the town centre. Beforehand you will need to buy an extension ticket from Enfield Lock to Waltham Cross.
  • By car meet at Abbey Gardens car park postcode EN9 1XQ at 11.15am or 2.15pm

15/16 June              Walthamstow Wetlands Nature Reserve: This is a cluster of reservoirs that have been transformed into Europe’s largest urban wetland reserve with some preserved interesting Victorian pumping houses included.

  • By public transport: Meet Paul or Hugh at Tottenham Hale station
  • By car the nature reserve car park postcode is N17 9NH

22/23 June             Gunpowder Park: This is a new Country Park, established in a former weapons testing facility. It has four distinctive bioregions: we will have a taste of each one.

  • By public transport meet at Tottenham Hale station, where we will catch a train to Enfield Lock and then probably catch the 121 bus to near the park
  • By car park in the main Sewardstone Road car park, postcode EN9 3GP

29/30 June              Lee Valley Lakes: A walk through the many lakes bordering Middlesex and Essex. Several lakes are interlinked, ideal for walking around observing wildlife sailing and bird life. We will meet by the level crossing at Cheshunt station.

  • By train: catch the 10.40 or 1.40 train from Tottenham Hale (it goes from Liverpool Street at 10.28 or 1.28 ) to Cheshunt. You will need to buy an extension ticket from Enfield Lock cost £4.90
  • Meet at 11am or 2pm at the station car park (cross the level crossing over the river bridge) postcode EN8 8UU.

There are plenty of cafes nearby so plan to have lunch at the café before or after the walk.

6 July                     Lecture by Robin centred on three London Bridges going upriver from London Bridge:  Blackfriars, Waterloo, and Westminster Bridges, all built in the eighteenth century.

13/14 July              Hugh and Willa will lead a Day Excursion to Buntingford, the smallest town in Hertfordshire: Buntingford was originally on Ermine Street between London and York. Now railway and motorway have found other routes, so the town stands out as a charming Hertfordshire classic, full of rural curiosities and beautiful Georgian and Tudor buildings. For getting there:

  • By trainand bus: Meet Hugh at Tottenham Hale station by the underground exit at 10.15. You will need to get your own return ticket and we will get the 10.25 train to Ware where we will catch the 331 bus to Buntingford.
  • By car: The address for the car park is 3 Bowling Green Lane, Buntingford, SG9 9DF. It will take around an hour to get there from North London. It costs £2 for the day and you can pay with cash or contactless card. Please meet Robin at the car park at 11.45. We do encourage you to share cars if this works for everyone.

Please let us know if you’d like to come by the end of May, whether you will drive or get the train and whether on Tuesday or Wednesday. We should be leaving Buntingford about 3pm in time to arrive back in London by about 4pm. Once Hugh knows who is coming when, he will confirm exact details the week beforehand.

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