▷  Pymme’s Brook

At last! The Middle Way Walkers first official walk of 2021, following the Pymme’s Brook Trail from Monken Hadley Common) to Broomfield Park near Palmers Green.
 

 

 
The Group met at High Barnet station and were soon tackling a steep hill climbing up to the village of Monken Hadley – lots to see here, Georgian houses, almshouses and, of course, the church, through whose grounds we passed to Monken Hadley Common (mercifully dry after the winter rains).
 
Our first stop was the rather chilly Beech Hill (aka Jack’s) Lake from which flows the Pymme’s Brook. The trail is well-marked and apart from a section of road walking in East Barnet, follows a number of linked parks and green spaces from East Barnet. We stopped for lunch and some tea (thank you, Gill!) at the cafe at Oak Hill Park, although none of our party opted to sample the Polish menu on offer.
 
From Oak Hill Park, we followed the brook to Brunswick Park (The Waterfall Walk), Arnos Park and finally Broomfield Park (where the revelation to a couple of walkers that their rucksack straps incorporated hitherto under-discovered whistles caused much amusement). Here the walk ended to take the bus home, although a couple of walkers decided to take the train from Palmers Green station and to admire the newly installed mosaics on the northbound platform.
 

 
It was really nice to be able to walk as a group again and to reconnect with our fellow walkers.

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