croxley green to watford | the goldilocks triumvirate: just right

The area near the River Colne was marked by several small bridges and a huge wall of trees, shrubs and bushes. The well trodden paths wed been following started to meander even more wildly, gradually dying out or stopping abruptly at walls of thicket.

The Croxley Green Depot used to stand in this area, a huge shed capable of housing eight locomotives. The depot was derelict in 1985 after British Rail switched to using 313 EMUs and was eventually demolished. Any remains were hidden by the new tree growth.

Progress was now extremely slow and we were becoming stung and scratched by nettles and thorns. There was talk of turning back.

View east across one of the River Colne bridges. © Simon Cornwell 2009

Detail of one of the bridges. © Simon Cornwell 2009

Path through the jungle of saplings. © Simon Cornwell 2009

Bridge 3A over the River Colne © Simon Cornwell 2009

Choice of paths after leaving the Colne bridge. © Simon Cornwell 2009

Cleared area immediately east of the Colne bridges. © Simon Cornwell 2009