The Capital Ring

April 7, 2007

London is a great city for walking’n’wandering – particularly on a bank holiday weekend, when a mass exodus leaves the capital eerily deserted. We packed a lunch and an A-Z and set off on the first leg of the Capital Ring, an 80ish mile trail which circles the inner ‘burbs. We meandered for 1o miles from Highgate to Hackney Marsh, passing through Crouch End, Finsbury Park, Stoke Newie and Walthamstow.

And crusty Mother London rewarded our exertions with…

…world class grafitti…

Grafitti, Crouch End

Grafitti, Crouch End

…incongruous rural-urban landscapes…

Resevoir, Manor House

… crumbling cemeteries for lunch and pondering…

Lunch, Abney Park Cemetery

…dudes in crazy hats…

Father and Son?, Walthamstow Marsh

…deserted stations…

Deserted station, Crouch End

…piles of floating gunk…


5 Responses to “The Capital Ring”

  1. Mark Moxon Says:

    Blimey! I did almost the same walk on Wednesday, but started at Brent Cross and ended in Stoke Newington. Great minds think alike. 🙂

    I also came across a lot of men in funny hats… go figure.


  2. amalee issa Says:

    i love this blog. i managed to walk to the car and back as i did that horrible “it’s a bank holiday therefore i must hoover out the car” thing. and if you click on this link, you can list 100 things more interesting than the 100 top somethings that channel 4 always prepare for a bank holiday…

  3. gastropunk Says:

    Hey Mark, You planning on doing the rest of the captial ring and writing about it on your site? I reckon this walk could do with a bit of publicity, most Londoners don’t know it exists…

  4. Mark Moxon Says:

    Yeah, that’s the plan – I’m doing them in order, so I’ve only got 3 stages to go, and they’re short enough to do in one day. I’ll probably put them up before I finish and fill in the last few days when I do them, but I’ve just started a new commission, so things are a bit hectic at the moment!

    It’s a great walk, I must say – it’s like an urban London Loop. I’ll miss it when I finish…


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