Elstree to Totteridge

On a steely grey day the latest Middle Way Walkers excursion began at Elstree, a very English Hollywood, home to Star Wars and … , er, On the Buses and Pointless. Accompanied by our favourite dog, Romeo, we walked along the pavement of stars and crossed the railway bridge and climbed steeply uphill to reach the ancient oak woodlands of Scratchwood Open Space.

By now the cold was setting in and woolly hats were firmly on as we reached Moat Mount Open Space, the official start of the Dollis Valley Greenwalk.

After a section of up and downhill walking, we stopped for a pub lunch at Arkley, where our food and drink was accompanied by an aroma of freshly applied paint. After refreshment, we followed a road for about half a mile and entered Totteridge Fields Nature Reserve and walked along Dollis Brook. Crossing the meadows of Brook Farm Open Space we reached Totteridge Lane. A short distance ahead was Totteridge Station, where a few reminisced about having been here in Autumn 2017 on the very first CEDU3A long-ish walk.

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