|Dumped logs on Grubbs Lane|
Soon we are tackling Tylers Causeway and, instead of heading to White Stubbs Lane, I choose to experience the delights of Newgate Street. This is quite a sharp down and up route, but it makes for a nice change and avoids the traffic going up Cuffley Hill. After some huffing and puffing we are soon zooming through Goffs Oak and heading off down Halstead Hill, which has some rather large new builds at Hallstead Grange.
We make our way to the off road route that crosses the A10 on a big white bridge built for cyclists. Over that and it’s straight down Theobalds Lane and into Waltham Cross. Down Trinity Road at the train line we are greeted by a cordoned off gate and a brand spanking new bridge spanning the tracks. There is no ramp and the steep steps have a gully up the side to place your bike in and push it up over the bridge. I am looking forward to taking some snaps of everyone struggling to do this, but luckily an attendant was there and he opened the gate for us.
|Steep steps at Trinity Lane rail bridge|
Soon we arrive in Waltham Abbey, where we see another closed down pub next to the thriving café – what does that say about changing drinking habits? In the café we are pleasantly surprised to meet Stuart, who has cycled down from Stevenage to meet us. The café is buzzing and has a rather young clientele yawning and having their breakfast.
|Another closed pub|