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|New River Path Part Five: Alexandra Palace to Stoke Newington|
|Author: Thames Water, Published: 19 Mar 2014||Walk Rating:|
|London, Alexandra Palace|
|A 4.5 mile linear walk along the fifth stretch of the New River in London. This diverse section has a bit of everything with chance to see some of the river workings along with residential streets and green open spaces. 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 hours (plus extra time for the walk to the station 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 Alexandra Palace Rail Station and the end point is alongside the Stoke Newington Reservoirs, less than a mile’s walk from Finsbury Park Rail Station. The two stations are on the same line and the train journey is less than 10 minutes.
|Start to Hornsey Waterworks|
Start point: 51.5982 lat, -0.1197 long
Standing on Buckingham Road, facing Alexandra Palace Rail Station, turn left along the pavement. At the mini-roundabout keep straight ahead into Station Road. Immediately before a children’s play area, turn right down the wide tarmac footpath (signed as the New River Path) with the playground to the left and a tall brick wall running on the right.
|Hornsey Waterworks to Hampden Road|
Start point: 51.5927 lat, -0.1166 long
Continue along the tarmac path with the railway line running parallel to the left. A little way in (when you reach a bridge across the water), do NOT cross this instead fork left through the kissing gate to join the left-hand grass bank alongside the New River channel.
|Hampden Road to Finsbury Park|
Start point: 51.5872 lat, -0.1089 long
After just a short distance, turn left through the green kissing gate to rejoin the riverside path, along the right-hand grass bank. At the end of this stretch, swing left over the footbridge and then swing right and the narrow path will lead you out through a kissing gate to a T-junction with Wightman Road.
|Finsbury Park to Seven Sisters Road|
Start point: 51.5751 lat, -0.1014 long
Keep ahead on the wide surfaced path between railings, with the New River visible once again (through the railings to the right) and the softball pitches across to the left. Finsbury Park was the first of the great London parks laid out in the Victorian era. Opened in 1869, the park covers 110 acres of formal gardens, sports fields, an arboretum and play areas. The park later became an established music venue and has hosted concerts by Jimi Hendrix (1967), Bob Dylan (1993) and Oasis (2002).
|Seven Sisters Road to End|
Start point: 51.5742 lat, -0.0868 long
You will need to cross over to join the path which continues directly opposite. The safest way to do this is to turn left for a few yards to use the pelican and zebra crossings to cross the road junction and then rejoin the New River Path. The riverside path now swings right and you’ll emerge via a kissing gate and flight of steps to a small bridge.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author thameswater and may not be reproduced without permission.
Tried this walk on Thursday 3rd September. Instructions were clear and accurate up to the last section from Seven Sisters Road where the kissing gate to the path was padlocked shut. There was no sign or indication as to why it was locked. It was early evening - is there a "closing time"? Did not encounter any other barriers slog the way.
|By joeom on 10 Sep 2015|
The East Reservoir is now the Woodberry Wetlands, a nature and birdlife reserve, opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, and worth a detour.
|By Kate3Grant on 16 Jan 2017|
We walked pages 4 and 5 of this walk. Lovely route but those with babies/small children be aware that although the path themselves are very buggy friendly the kissing gates are not so you will probably need two adults to lift over.
|By DianaJackson on 02 Jul 2017|
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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