Loughton to Barking Bank Holiday Run   3 comments

Essex Run

 

Beautiful Bank Holiday Monday for a run through Essex, yesterday.  Jackie had to work so I rode down with her then continued out to Loughton.

 

Loughton Tube Stop

 

I expected the borderlands to be populated with the sort of neckless goons caricatured on Monkey Dust, but this area was fairly affluent and dully middle-class.  As the day progressed and the run moved south, this was all corrected.

 

Loppin Hall Loughton arch

So, pending are write-ups on the Last Post (Loughton), the Old Maypole (Chigwell), the Great Spoon of Ilford and the Papermaker’s Arms (both in Ilford), and the Spotted Dog (Barking).  I also managed a bit of fish from a chippy in Barking and felt unusually at home in the neighbourhoods from Ilford to the end.

The Tube back was jam-packed till Notting Hill Gate (the Carnival, of course) so the ride back was mostly standing and exhausting after all the heavy lifting at the pubs (and nearly 11 miles running).

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