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|New River Path Part Four: Enfield to Alexandra Palace|
|Author: Thames Water, Published: 14 Mar 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile waterside linear walk along the fourth stretch of the New River in London. In this stretch through North London the New River becomes a little more elusive. Half your journey will be along riverside paths with the other half through parks and streets where the river runs underground or out of reach. 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 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 for 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 in Enfield, just a short walk from Enfield Chase Rail Station and the end point is Alexandra Palace Rail Station. The two stations are on the same line and the train journey is less than 15 minutes.
|Start to Bush Hill|
Start point: 51.653 lat, -0.0874 long
The walk starts from the point where the New River crosses the A110 Church Street in Enfield (opposite Trinity Church). Directions from Enfield Chase Station to this starting point can be found in the ‘Getting there’ section of this guide.
|Bush Hill to Highfield Pumping Station|
Start point: 51.643 lat, -0.0863 long
Cross over with care and turn right along the opposite pavement. Follow the road as it bends left to become Bush Hill Road. A few paces after passing Cunard Crescent on the right, turn right through the kissing gate to join the grass path running to the right of the New River. This section is part of the working New River which today supplies about 8% of London’s water.
|Highfield Pumping Station to Greens Lane|
Start point: 51.6285 lat, -0.0977 long
Just beyond the pumping station, pass through the gate, cross the side road ahead and continue on the New River Path opposite. Pass through the next kissing gate and cross over the road (Barrowell Green). Turn right along the pavement and at the T-junction turn left along Greens Lane. Take the next left into River Avenue and follow it all the way to its end.
|Greens Lane to Finsbury Gardens|
Start point: 51.6151 lat, -0.1095 long
Turn right and then use the pedestrian crossings to turn left into Broomfield Lane. At the mini-roundabout turn left again into Shapland Way. As the road bends right, fork left to pass down the metal flight of steps to rejoin the riverside path. Along this stretch you’ll see the overhead cables of the rail line running to the right.
|Finsbury Gardens to End|
Start point: 51.604 lat, -0.1167 long
Follow the tarmac path ahead through Finsbury Park. Keep ahead over Nightingale Road and continue on the Hidden River Path opposite. Cross the next road, Bounds Green Road, and continue on the path opposite, passing the very decorative flint Baptist Church on the right.
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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