Sun 29 Apr 2018 19:00Roydon is almost as far west as you can go in Essex and somewhere I had never visited, or even known about, until last year. I'm not 100% certain I even knew the River Stort was a thing too, although I might have guessed that was the river that flows through Bishop's Stortford.
It's an old village as proudly mentioned on its village sign.
I parked up opposite St Peter's Church, most of which was built between 1225 and 1240, although there is evidence of a church being here in the 1100s. There was some building in the centuries that followed, but looking at the church today is pretty much the same as you would see it in the 15th century.
Thousands of people who have houseboats and wander up and down England's waterways will know all about the town and river though, as there is a large marina here. I didn't go there today but wandered around the outside of it, in the direction of but not quite reaching Dobbs Weir which I think falls under Hoddesdon. (No one has ever found out).
I walked along the river, past a sunken houseboat and a lock or two and then took a small turning to the left to find the very Scottish-sounding lake of Glen Faba. If you don't know the area it's a real find.
Article written Sun 29 Apr 2018 19:00, last modified Wed 09 May 2018 07:40