Saturday, 2 May 2020
Today’s walk was another that we have spent years saying we must get around to. Harlow has an ancient temple site - it appears on all the maps, but the only time we had attempted to find it before was prior to us having a local area OS map and although we looked, we couldn’t work out quite where to find it. Yesterday, armed with a more precise location, and the advantage of some new signs to it that have appeared since we last looked, we finally tracked it down!
We weren’t too sure what to expect, but the site is very cleverly maintained with interpretation boards and the lines of the old walls marked out in paving slabs so it’s possible to see where everything is - and it’s utterly fascinating! amazing to think that we were standing where others had stood for literally thousands of years, too.
It was a wonderful day to be out - we walked back along the river and then up through the town park - a total distance of a bit over 5 miles. There were a fair number of folk out along the river - but almost all were being careful about distancing and patient about passing others, waiting for suitable gaps for people to step aside into. It definitely feels that a lot more people are out and about though and reports from elsewhere seem to reflect the same - it seems that comment from the government about us being over the peak and approaching the point where the lockdown will start to be eased has lead to a fair number jumping the gun.