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7 months ago

The main selling point of this walk is the river and the lake, but honestly if you really do want to see Little Britain Lake (which is indeed very pretty) you’d be better off just driving there. The first portion of the walk, before you get to Little Britain Lake, is incredibly overgrown - almost the entire “public footpath” is edged with knee high stinging nettles and overhanging plants that slap you in the face, which bring with them an overwhelming amount of gnats and other small bugs, flying all around you and generally being off putting. You’re so desperately focusing on everything else that you don’t really get to admire any of the views, though they’re honestly pretty dull in themselves. You cross over the M25, which I personally quite enjoyed, except being so close to such a busy motorway meant that the entire walk was marred by a constant dull hum, which was somewhat annoying. There was a short reprieve from the jungle, as you enter a gorgeous field with an avenue of trees (in which I saw several deer, amongst over wildlife) but then it’s straight back to stinging nettles clawing at your ankles. The route takes you along a portion of the river, with some really great views and photo ops, but again I was just constantly trying to not injure myself. Arriving at Little Britain Lake was lovely. There was some information signs and some facilities - it was just generally a lovely area to be in. Definitely worth a visit if you’ve never been. Continuing on, the route takes you through a wooded area and comes out along the River Colne, which you then walk along side for several miles. Honestly? Completely underwhelming. I’ve read that this portion of the river isn’t really used anymore, and it’s surrounded by industrial buildings and housing, so there really was nothing to look at, save for the seldom seen wildlife and the two bridges. There was graffiti and litter everywhere, which I honestly don’t mind he former from an artistic perspective, but the latter is just sad and off-putting. The route finishes off taking you through some fields and onto a residential estate, which we’re both fine. My main feedback however is this - as a solo, female walker, I just generally felt very unsafe for a majority of the walk. For huge parts of the route you’re in very closed in areas with little visibility. Perhaps in a group it might be better, but by myself I felt I was constantly on edge and I became quite anxious the two times I passed other walkers (one of whom was smoking a joint). It was hard to enjoy areas of the route for this reason. TLDR; The route was pretty in places but generally not worth the effort it took.

Nod bad views but noise frome m25 all the time.

I only gave this two stars because of the completely unnecessary canal towpath section. It added nothing to the walk except distance and the return route to the Swan was pretty dull. I'd suggest a route around Little Britain as a substitute and to keep it a rubbish free walk.