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|New River Path Part Three: Cheshunt to Enfield|
|Author: thameswater, Published: 13 Mar 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile waterside linear walk along the third stretch of the New River in Hertfordshire and London. The walk bridges the sections north and south of the M25, taking you through quiet suburbs, beautiful parks and the picturesque section of the river as it winds through Enfield Town. 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 has just a few steady slopes 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 and some steps along the way. Whilst the route is waymarked, we found that some of the signs had been rotated round to face the wrong way so take care to check the map and directions regularly. The return leg can be completed by train (see the ‘Getting there’ section for details). Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours (plus extra time to walk to/from the rail stations and for the train journeys).
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 in Cheshunt, about a one mile walk from Cheshunt Rail Station (which has a large car park) and the end point is in Enfield, just a short walk from Enfield Town and Enfield Chase Rail Stations. To travel from Enfield Town to Cheshunt you can take two short train journeys: Enfield Town to Edmonton Green, then Edmonton Green to Cheshunt.
|Start to Theobald's Lane|
Start point: 51.7029 lat, -0.0464 long
The start point for this section of the walk is at the wooden footbridge across the river, alongside Whit Hern Court in Cheshunt. This is accessed off College Road and is alongside the car park for the Council Offices. Directions to this start point from Cheshunt Rail Station can be found in the ‘Getting there’ section of this guide.
|Theobald's Lane to Whitewebbs Loop|
Start point: 51.6921 lat, -0.051 long
Cross over the lane and take the kissing gate opposite to continue on the riverside path. The path swings steadily right to reach a pretty wider section of river with an island at its centre. There is a large square bench here, ideal for a picnic stop should you wish. Beyond the trees on the opposite bank is Theobald’s Park (and this is no coincidence!).
|Whitewebbs Loop to Clay Hill|
Start point: 51.672 lat, -0.0575 long
Turn right, leaving the main signed New River Path, and following the fenced narrow path. You will reach a T-junction with Bulls Cross Road. Turn left along the pavement for a short distance, and then cross over to turn right through the staggered green barrier, signed as the New River Link.
|Clay Hill to Enfield Loop|
Start point: 51.6711 lat, -0.0835 long
Cross over with care, and take the path continuing opposite into Hilly Fields Park (which runs immediately to the right of Browning Road). Keep left at the first two forks, staying on the path closest to the road running on the left. At the third fork, keep right and you’ll emerge out to a T-junction with Phipps Hatch Lane. Cross over and take the footpath opposite, passing St Luke’s Church on the left.
|Enfield Loop to End|
Start point: 51.6576 lat, -0.0839 long
In fact, this is no longer part of the working New River. This horseshoe loop of the New River through Enfield Town was bypassed around 1900 following the laying of three cast iron pipes between Southbury Road and Bush Hill. This redundant watercourse was been restored and the water levels are maintained by Thames Water.
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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