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|New River Path Part Two: Rye House to Cheshunt|
|Author: thameswater, Published: 07 Mar 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 6 mile waterside linear walk along the second stretch of the New River in Hertfordshire. You’re likely to have the company of swans, ducks, geese and coots along the whole journey as you follow the route of the river through central Hertfordshire. The New River has an unhelpful name, being neither new nor a river! It is a water supply aqueduct, completed in 1613, to bring drinking water from Hertfordshire to North London. Before this time, London’s water supply was limited to the Thames, local streams and wells which were often contaminated. Thames Water has worked with partners to create a 28 mile long-distance path that follows the river’s course. |
The route is relatively flat and follows some paved paths, but mainly unmade paths which can be fairly muddy after periods of rain and in winter. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates along the way (plus a footbridge if you are walking back to Cheshunt Station at the end). The return leg can be completed by train (see the ‘Getting there’ section for details. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.
As this is a linear walk, you will need to arrange for both your journey to the start point, as well as your return journey from the end of the walk. You could use two cars, but we would recommend using trains. The start point of the walk is Rye House Rail Station (note: this station does not have a car park) and the end point is in Cheshunt (about 1 mile from Cheshunt Rail Station which has a large car park). The trains between the two stations run about every 30 minutes and the journey takes less than 10 minutes. There are directions from the end of the walk to Cheshunt Station in the final section of this walking guide.
|Start to Broxbourne Pumping Station|
Start point: 51.7694 lat, 0.0052 long
Leave Rye House Station via the steps to the bridge over the rail line. Turn left along the pavement and, just before you reach the New River, turn left through the kissing gate to join the fenced riverside path. After a little distance you’ll emerge via a kissing gate to a T-junction with a tarmac road. Turn left and then immediately right to continue on the riverside path. (Note: the fenced section of path is very overgrown and so it is easiest to walk along the wider grass bank).
|Broxbourne Pumping Station to Broxbourne Church|
Start point: 51.7626 lat, -0.0041 long
Soon you’ll be following a pretty grassed riverside path with the New River running on the right. A little way in, cross over a residential road and continue through the kissing gate onto the path opposite. On the left you’ll pass a very large flood meadow which is used as a large horse paddock and/or for grazing cattle. On the right you will see many private properties, several of which make full use of their frontage onto the river with terraced gardens. Also to the left you’ll see Admirals Walk Lake, a spring-fed lake which is home to a large population of dragonflies and damselflies.
|Broxbourne Church to A10|
Start point: 51.745 lat, -0.0149 long
As you emerge from the park turn left across the river bridge and keep ahead to pass the main entrance gate for the church on the left. St Augustine’s is a beautiful Grade I listed church built around 1460 by Sir John Say, but inside there is a marble font which dates to the 12th century.
|A10 to End|
Start point: 51.7224 lat, -0.0331 long
Follow the path left over the river, down the slope at the opposite side and then turn sharp right to follow the path through the underpass beneath the A10. Keep ahead on the grassy bank with the river now running to the right. Follow this peaceful stretch, then use a pair of kissing gates to cross a small lane (the access lane for the service yard of a retail park on the left).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author thameswater and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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