We have had many days of splendid weather for these Ockendon Road Rambles but against all the odds on Saturday 9th January 2010 it was probably the best yet, and the most exhilirating. The walk was supposed to be on the Kent/Surrey border but it was strenuously rescheduled at the last moment for something reachable by the Northern Line to avoid being stranded by the railways in Kent.

This circular from Mill Hill East station turned out to be no second rate option; it was a splendid expedition heartily enjoyed by the small select band who braved (and barely noticed) the subzero temperatures so many had feared.

The little bit of suburbia at the start disappeared just after we passed under the Northern Line viaduct we had just gone over, when the path led us beside the delightful Dollis Brook, and from then on theWords and pictures by Peter snow underfoot and uphill was deep and crisp and even, glorious walking on not slippery at all (whooooooooooooooops!).

The Orange Tree inn in the v.posh and much CCTV’d village Totteridge popped up at exactly the right time and we negotiated a prickly Mine Host astonished that no bookings had been made for a Saturday lunch. Despite this, the meal was very pleasant and Puddings Were Taken, though on this occasion no pictures record this.

Replete, the team plodded down hill all the way across the fields back to Mill Hill East, much of the time along the Folly Brook; we sped quickly back to the starting point at Angel station, where the snow was starting again, and the sparkling morning was already just a memory.

Words and pictures by Peter

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