Walking through a wood alongside Sandy Lodge Golf course.
|Great Tit in a Beech Tree|
Green Woodpeckers,while not exactly a rare bird ,they are a lovely bird all the same.
I leave the open area to what appears to be a council estate,a small bit of road walking before entering Oxhey Woods.
Eurofighter jets flew over from a nearby RAF base I assume.First time I've seen them.
On exiting Oxhey woods I come to early 18th century Pinnerwood house,home once upon a time to author Edward Bulwer Lytton in the 1830's.
A few more pictures of the woods.
Hatch End and with views to Wembley where the FA cup final was being played today Chelsea V Liverpool.
Grim's Dyke Golf course).
After leaving the golf course I came upon Grims Dyke.
W.S Gilbert,literally half of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Charles II now found in Soho Square stood on the property from about 1880 to 1938. The house was then used as a rehabilitation centre until 1963.
From 1963, the house was used mainly as a location for films and television including Futtocks End with Ronnie Barker. It was converted into Grim's Dyke Hotel in 1970 but continues to be used as a film location. Most of the lands have been separated from the hotel.
On 29 May 1911 Gilbert had arranged to give a swimming lesson in the lake to two local girls, Winifred Isabel Emery (1890–1972), a teacher and niece of the actors Cyril Maude and Winifred Emery,and her 17-year-old pupil Ruby Vivian Preece.The three arrived at the lake at about 4 pm that day. In 1923, Winifred Isabel Emery related to Gilbert's biographers her recollection of what happened on that day:
Sir William Gilbert was teaching me to swim, and he invited me and a pupil of mine [Ruby Preece] to Grim's Dyke on May 29th. We met him at Harrow Station and motored to Grim's Dyke and went straight to the bathing pool. My pupil and I were in the water before Sir William had made an appearance. It was a very hot day, but the water struck very cold. My pupil was a much better swimmer than I, and soon outdistanced me. We were both unaware that the lake was very deep further out, and presently she shrieked out "Oh, Miss Emery, I am drowning!" I called Sir William, who was on the steps, and he called out to her not to be frightened, and that he was coming. He swam out to her very quickly, and I heard him say: "Put your hands on my shoulder and don't struggle." This she did, but almost immediately she called out that he had sunk under her and had not come up. We both called to him, but got no answer. I tried to reach them, but got out of my depth and could do nothing but call for help. My pupil managed to struggle to the bank, and presently the gardener came and got out a boat, but it seemed a long time before they recovered the body.
|The path leads out onto a road where I can see south across to Harrow.|
The path crosses back across the road into the Harrow Weald Common.
I cross the road after a bit of walk to cross over to Bentley Priory open space.
RAF property,proud of the part it played in the Battle of Britain.I saw a little of the massive Victorian house and a glimpse of a Italianate tower.
Moving on through Bentley priory I took a few more pictures.
Then out onto an estate,a rather posher estate the earlier one I had walked through.
|A robin by the lake|
It runs out into a very wet and muddy field with long grass. It runs down to a corner where I can walk under the M1 motorway via a road tunnel and out to a roundabout, where I do some more road walking past an industrial estate and eventually past The Fishery Pub where I cross the road into Aldenham Country Park.
St Pancras Station only,that saved some time. My first time in St Pancras so I had a quick look about before catching the tube.