Elstree-Totteridge

We will be following the London Loop for a good part of the walk, and while it does have some road walking, for much of the route it is still a lovely green walk. We start at Elstree & Borehamwood station, cross the railway bridge and climb steeply uphill until we reach the ancient oak woodlands of Scratchwood Open Space. As we leave the wood we come into an open area where we may well see enthusiasts flying their model aircraft. We pass through more woods until we arrive at the side of the A1, where in order to cross safely we have to take a detour to use a subway. Having negotiated the dual carriageway, we reach Moat Mount Open Space which is not only the official start of the Dollis Valley Greenwalk, but more importantly, the site of the 1471 Battle of Barnet, which helped secure the throne for Edward IV in the Wars of the Roses. After a section of up and downhill walking, we will stop for a pub lunch (details to be provided for those who sign up). After refreshment, we follow a road for about half a mile and enter Totteridge Fields Nature Reserve and walk along Dollis Brook. Shortly after crossing the next road we leave the London Loop and crossthe meadows of Brook Farm Open Space until we reach Totteridge Lane and the end of the walk. Everyone will have plenty of coffee shops and pubs to enjoy if they so choose before heading home via tube or a nearby bus.