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History and fun in Forty Hall Circular Walk

Published Thursday, 26 January 2012

This Sunday an extra special 6 mile walk will be taking place which kicks off in Forty Hall carpark. Called the Forty Hall Circular Walk, this interesting stroll will be taking in some of the best of the local beauty spots that the area has to offer. Stout footwear will be required!

Sunday 29th January 2012 – This Sunday!
10.00am
Meet Forty Hall main carpark, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2

This Sunday an extra special 6 mile walk will be taking place which kicks off in Forty Hall carpark. Called the Forty Hall Circular Walk, this interesting stroll will be taking in some of the best of the local beauty spots that the area has to offer. Stout footwear will be required!

You will be given a potted history of Forty Hall and its grounds, as well as Elysng Palace, which is a scheduled ancient monument and former Tudor Palace used by Henry VIII.

This countryside ramble will take in a little known glade in the woods within Hilly Fields Park where Yellow Meadow Ants nest. These are the most skilled nest builders in Britain; the tops of their nests protrude from the ground and often have the appearance of grassy mounds or domes. These ants are fascinating creatures.

You will also pass through Gough Park, former home of Richard Gough (1735-1809), the writer and antiquarian. You will then see the old disused course of the New River, which used to run through Gough and Whitewebbs Park.

Then onto the ancient wood of Whitewebbs, one of the last remnants of Enfield Chase, to see 'Ranger’s Grave'. Legend has it that this is a grave of a dog that belonged to one of the previous owners of Whitewebbs, but who knows who lays beneath?

All those that survive the ancient wood continue to the famous King and Tinker pub, one of the oldest pubs in Britain, and reputedly the place where a tinker unknowingly befriended King James I, who was passing through during one of his hunting trips in The Chase.  But there is no time for a drink as the tour will be moving on to pass by Guy Lodge Stables, the site of the house that was one of the principle meeting places of the Gunpowder Plotters; (it was thought that Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators used to share a tankard in The King & Tinker across the road, after having one of their meetings).

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Cabinet Member for Leisure said "Our Circular Walks are always very popular, and attract people who are not only interested in the history of the area but in the wildlife as well. Every walk reveals something new and interesting.

“Everyone is very welcome to join in, why not come along and see how many new friends you can make and how many fascinating and interesting things you can find out?"

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