Urban Cycle (walk) along the Lea Valley towards Ware Sat 30th May

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by alsoknownas, Apr 4, 2015.

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Which day would be best for cruising down the Lea towpath on a bicycle?

  1. Saturday May 16th

    50.0%
  2. Saturday May 30th

    75.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    How did the walk go, walkers? I only got a brief report. Did you follow the designated route (through Lea Valley Country Park), or did you go along the towpath in clear violation of The Plan? :mad: ;)
     
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  2. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    Yeah it was lovely to meet 8115 and I didn't realise she had come from Cambridge which makes it even more of a treat :)
     
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  3. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    I think we clearly violated all the plans and even managed to get lost fir a time on the way back. That IS impressive and dedicated wandering from a river walk

    Plus much elderflower picking and now cordial making
     
  4. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    I'm still not sure what the difference between the Lee navigation and the towpath thing was... :oops:

    Great day, lovely to meet everyone and thanks very much for the fab organisation alsoknownas (if your pals did seem to find my 'patience of a saint' comment extremely amusing... :confused::))
     
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  5. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    I got fully detached from the other walkers on the way out and on the way back :hmm:
    Yes, your pals were great fun too, aka.
     
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  6. sleaterkinney

    sleaterkinney Well-Known Member

    Likewise, nice end to the day in Beavertown too, those beers are strong, I got the train home.
     
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  7. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Not related, as it's a completely different person, but another friend of mine was once showing the Archbishop of Canterbury around a building as part of her work. At the end of the session she noticed he was looking a little fatigued and asked him if he'd like a nice cup of tea. He put his hand on her shoulder and said "You're a saint!". So she now considers that she's been canonised.

    Not sure what my mates were blathering on about :rolleyes:.
     
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  8. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    Which way did you go back in the end?
     
  9. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Alas(?) I don't have that kind of 'power'...

    Being proper people, they'd obviously not seen your extremely patient replies on this thread.
     
  10. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Oh, and that lock sign at Pickets Lock (?) was hilarious. I must of passed that several dozen times without noticing it before. It read something like:

    [Canal & River Trust logo] Official looking script: In accordance with the Waterways act 1837 (or whatever), it is an offence for any vessel to pass this lock, without the operator depositing in this allotted slot one Bounty Bar...

    We had fun winding up some poor narrowboat operator about it :D.
     
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  11. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    zora here are the results of all the picking
    bottled.jpg

    I'll save one for you if you like (there's a wine bottle full as well)
    Its a bit herbal but quite nice

    thanks Sue and Ms T for the slow walking while I picked
     
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  12. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    We tried to go through Lee Valley Park on the way back but it went a bit wrong. we were in dire need of a leader/map.
     
  13. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Like the one I provided a link to in the plans post? :mad: Sounds like you all had a nice time anyhow :thumbs::p.
     
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  14. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    *intrigued* :hmm:
     
  15. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    it is easy to get lost in that parky bit, the roads do turn a fair bit

    anyhow just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone for your good company, great to meet some new people and particularly to rich and stig for braving the heavy geese traffic and showing us how it should be done by stopping at every opportunity for maximum pleasure seeking :thumbs:

    knackered me though! slept a solid 12 hours last night :D
     
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  16. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    elderflower cordial

    I had to finish the wine last night and tonight I'll be sampling elderflower and rum purely practically you understand so I could empty the bottles;)
     
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  17. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Mmmm... luverly!
     
  18. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    When we realised we'd accidentally done a big loop, we asked a guy walking his dog which way to Waltham Cross? When he pointed in the direction we'd just come from or said we could take the towpath...well... :oops:

    Looking good Miss-Shelf!
     
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  19. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Sounds like a recent episode of The Island, lol.
     
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  20. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

  21. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    its good someone got a photo of this, for posterity...

    [​IMG]
     
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  22. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

  23. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    Miss-Shelf - is the elderflower out? I asked around last week locally and everyone (a handful of people) said no.. but i want to pick and make cordial...
     
  24. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    Loads out in se23...but bit rainy to collect until Thursday
     
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  25. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    I had wanted to take the kids picking last week (half term). If it's out in SE23 I should be able to find some - might be able to hit some meadows Grove Park way on Thursday..
     
  26. braindancer

    braindancer not for long

    The Lea was actually pretty much like this today! I'd been around Essex and dropped down on to the Lea at Waltham Abbey. The stretch between Waltham Abbey and Tottenham was absolutely rammed - three or four organised bike rides - a charity one, a Woodcraft one and a couple of other youth group rides. It was kind of nice to see so many people on bikes but simultaneously REALLY annoying....
     
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  27. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    We walked from Tottenham down to Hackney Wick today. It was alright, though probably not great for cyclists.
     
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  28. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

  29. darwinlarfin

    darwinlarfin Banned Banned

    Random question but are the tires on that bike in front of the guy with shades continental cycle cross speed skin foldable tires? If so how do they perform on the towpath because I was looking to buy a set for my hybrid to use along the canals and gravel. Cheers.
     
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  30. toblerone3

    toblerone3 Grrrrr

    who's bike is that? I'm not sure.
     

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