|Trail:||London Loop 16|
|Contributor:||liam1745||Activity Type:||Walking||Difficulty:||Easy||Distance:||11.43 mi (18.394 km)|
|Description:||London Loop: Section 16 Elstree to Cockfosters
The longest section of the London Loop, providing very pleasant walking despite a high proportion of roadwalking, and taking in some attractive open spaces and commons in North London.
From Elstree, a long road walk leads to the ancient woodland of Scratchwood, then a long and frustrating diversion is necessary beside the hectic dual-carriageway of the A1 Barnet Way.
One hopes that this situation will improve, but the annoyance is soon forgotten as you continue through lovely countryside all the way to Barnet.
This consists of the woodland of Moat Mount and the valley of Dollis Brook, broken by one road stretch.
Note that a permissive footpath here is required to close on 28 February each year (see Route Closures, Strategic Network introduction) but can be avoided on alternative paths.
Skirting the east side of Barnet through hilly open spaces, you come to Hadley Green, site of the Battle of Barnet in 1471 during the Wars of the Roses.
After passing the picturesque old Church of St Mary the Virgin, through what was once a toll gate, you follow the edge of the well wooded Monken Hadley Common, run by a board of conservators.
Soon after crossing the East Coast main railway line you can make a short diversion to view the serene Jacks Lake.
The official end of this section is at Cockfosters station, but if continuing on to Section 17 you can take a short cut.
Soon after the Cock & Dragon pub keep ahead to the main road and cross into Trent Park, whose drive leads to the cafe and toilets.
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