On Sunday 23 December 2012 Paul Connolly led a walk from Highgate to Stratford and our most regular contributor of photographs, Sheila Bravin, was on hand to record the occasion on camera. I am outting up yhe photographs some at a time but when finished there will be 61 altogether.


Leaving Highgate station the ramblers are soon on hidden trails towards East London

Yes this is London, believe it or not!!



At this stage the path follows a disused railway line



Finsbury Park looms



Green London



Must be near the lunch stop at Stoke Newington



The Jolly Butcher, jolly good lunch and the group is enriched by the addition of another rambler



Paul orders lunch



Main course allowed for no dessert, however tempting!!



The afternoon walk takes the ramblers to yet another london park



Unseasonally nemed "Springfield"




Perfect scenery in Springfield Park





Always time to stop and stare



Hackney marshes



Ramblers in full stride




House boats of every description to follow on the river Lee



Home Sweet Home



Many pubs along the way






New flats in the background - built since this walk was last on the programme apparently.



Not stopping...............



Docklands Canal Boat Trust



No bins in sight bee see the water is full of rubbish





An interesting door on a canal boat




Individualised house boats



Wildlife - or as near as it gets to wildlife on the Lee





Apparently the houseboats move up and down the waters at intervals to avoid incurring mooring costs if the stay put for too long

Part of the inner city investment drive - flats still available




Now where did I see that fish!!



Abundance of river fowl



Daylight is creeping home to bed now and dusk spreads across the sky



A good ten miles being walked today







Our photographer takes a break on the other side of the camera



Stratford Stadium - site of the great British Triumphs of 2012



A former salmon factory became a trendy restaurant



A former lock keeper's garden - now a private house




The path winds round as cyclists, walkers, joggers, dog walkers and family enjoy open space




View of the fringe



Perhaps it was green once but it's solid concrete now



Approaching the end of the walk



A luxurious former lock keeper's cottage



At Stratford the ramblers went their setarate ways after a very enjoyable pre Christmas ramble