Ramblers will recall the Update of 16th November 2015 with the news that the Lime Grove Footpath, that had been closed by a local builder, had been re-opened in October 2015.
Mary Field, of the Barnet U3A Longer Walks Group, kindly alerted me to the original closure in 2013.
I am indebted to Libby Martin, of the North London South Herts Ramblers, who told me a few days ago that it has been closed to walkers once again. This is to allow the newly re-seeded path to become established before further use.
The photo shows the Council’s blue-edged notice asking would-be users to phone a number in the local offices. Above this is my poster outlining a simple route by-passing the closed footpath and then regaining the original route.
This involves walking down Lime Grove, turning left at the T-junction then right down the rest of the footpath.
Walkers using ‘Rambles Round Barnet’ Part 1 Walk 1 and following paragraph 7 will need to take this diversion.
CURRENT STATE OF THE FOOTPATHS IN THE DARLANDS LAKE NATURE RESERVE AND HADLEY WOODS
Users of the ‘Darlands Lake Nature Reserve’ App will recall the photo for Tour Point 2 of the 11th March 2015 showing the footpath leading down to the Folly Brook with stretches of water visible on the path.
The same situation applied to much of the Reserve at that time. Following the recent dry spell, wellies are currently not needed along these footpaths.
(The photo Fig.2 in Volume 2 Walk 6 of the guides shows this area in frosty, dry conditions in November 2012).
However, local walkers know how all this can change for the worse in a matter of days following heavy rain. Ramblers planning on sharpening their appetites before Christmas, or hoping to burn off the results of Christmas feasting, with a bracing stroll in the Reserve, might prefer to play safe and take their wellies with them.
The same is also true in mid-December of the Hadley Woods walks in Volume 2 Walk 7.
I will then add these to the ‘Rambles Round Barnet Updates’ on the Barnet Society website.
Very best wishes for a Happy Christmas and lots of enjoyable walking in 2017.