Today’s lost walk became a lost cruise when Melvyn offered to let us join him on the narrowboat “Artanis” to Ware. Where? It’s on the river Lea a few miles up from Stanstead Abbotts ware it’s usually moored.
Pete, Graham and Mike all had turns at being skipper and opening and closing the lock gates. Pete, of course, is already an accomplished mariner but Graham and Mike now have the bug and will explore ebay for likely vessels.
casting off after lunch
The brave “Artanis” brought us home safely after lunch in the Navigator before collapsing, hopefully just from acute diesel deficiency. Many thanks, Melvyn and “Artanis“, for a glorious day out and I hope you both recover.
Pete organised and led the walk through Epping Forest, visiting the historic sites of Loughton Camp and Ambresbury Banks. We didn’t find Boudicea but that can be another day. We did, however, pass close to where Harry Roberts had hidden himself from the police when the Forest was much wilder. Lunch was at the tea hut in High Beech where the road and new carpark are being built.
through the forest
we're not LOST. It's that way...
....or that way...
...but we get home
We walked from the Abbey car park up the Lea valley, across the fields, to Fisher’s Green. Here, we turned back but walked along the canal to the site of the Lee Valley Olympic site for white water rafting. Finally, back to the Abbey and along Sun Street, looking shabby and sadly deserted.
lunch at the Olympic Lee Valley White Water Rafting cafe
Not all the people above are LOST and our leader is not included. But here he is!
by the pump in Sawbridgeworth