You just would not believe that this is Hackney, east London! On our way out towards the Lee and Stort Navigations, but still very much in London.
. . . and this is one of the better bits! The 'canalised' river reaches almost due north from East London, with the high embankments of endless reservoirs on one side and the ever-present lines of pylons marching alongside. Even the constant presence of the railway and various roads seemed pleasant by comparison!
And then, round about Enfield and Waltham Abbey, it all began to change, slowly at first, until we found ourselves in much more pleasant surroundings, like here at Carthagena Lock near Broxbourne – they even had hanging baskets on the lock footbridge!
. . . and some sections awash with colour from the exotic Himalayan Balsam which has spread along the banks.