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|New River Path Part Six: Stoke Newington to Islington|
|Author: thameswater, Published: 19 Mar 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|London, Stoke Newington|
|A 3 mile linear walk along the sixth and final stretch of the New River in London. This section is known as the heritage section and takes in several beautiful parks and pretty streets to reach the New River Head visitor information point. The route follows the historic, but now truncated, New River course although some sections of the water channel are still evident. 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 paved paths/pavements all of which are a good width. You will need to negotiate several gates 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. Dogs are welcome in all the parks within the route. The return leg can be completed by train (see the ‘Getting there’ section for details). Approximate time 1.5 hours (plus extra time for the walk to/from the stations and the return train journey).
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 the point where the A105 Green Lanes crosses the B105 (Brownswood Road and Lordship Park), which is less than a mile’s walk from Finsbury Park Rail Station. The end point is at the New River Head on Myddelton Passage in Islington (close to Sadler’s Wells). From here it is less than a mile’s walk to Kings Cross. The two stations are on the same line and the train journey takes just 5 minutes.
|Start to Petherton Road|
Start point: 51.564 lat, -0.0924 long
The walk starts from the junction between the A105 Green Lanes and the B105 (Brownswood Road and Lordship Park). Directions to this point from Finsbury Park Rail Station can be found in the ‘Getting there’ section of this guide.
|Petherton Road to New River Gardens|
Start point: 51.5556 lat, -0.0903 long
Join the path which runs down the middle of the green space along the centre of the road. Originally the New River flowed openly through the middle of Petherton Road.
|New River Gardens to Canonbury Gardens|
Start point: 51.5471 lat, -0.0922 long
Follow the tarmac path with the pretty water course running on the right. The water course is a reminder of the route of the original New River, although today is just an ornamental feature. The water course has a thriving population of frogs so keep your eyes peeled and see if you can spot one. Further along the path leads you over a wooden bridge with a fountain to the left and further still it leads you over the water course via a stone bridge. You’ll emerge through the gate into Willow Bridge Road.
|Canonbury Gardens to Colebrooke Row|
Start point: 51.5417 lat, -0.098 long
Follow the straight tarmac path and as you emerge from this stretch, take the right-hand fork along Astey’s Row. Immediately after the playgrounds on the right, turn right then left to rejoin the path through the gardens, Astey’s Row Rock Garden.
|Colebrooke Row to End|
Start point: 51.5366 lat, -0.1014 long
Follow the road as it swings right and at the small crossroads go straight ahead to continue on Colebrooke Row. Some way in you’ll be able to join the paved path which runs through Colebrooke Row Gardens, another stretch of rock gardens. As you are forced to emerge to Duncan Terrace, swing hard left and then right to continue on the path now through Duncan Terrace Gardens. The large kerbstones to the left of this path are etched with beautiful roses.
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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