New River Path, London

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We recently discovered the New River path and decided to take a stroll along part of the route.  The New River is actually not new, it’s an artificial waterway which has been around for 400 years.  It was created to bring clean water into the city from the fresh Hertfordshire springs.  The River channel is over 30 miles long and impressively hand-dug, starting at the Amwell and Chadwell springs passing through the countryside, Stoke Newington and finishing in Islington, near the Sadler’s Wells theatre.

We started from Harringay Green Lane and followed the New River path until we ended up in Islington for a pub lunch.  Along the walk it’s very peaceful and we past some lovely areas of London but unfortunately some parts of the New River near Harringay have become a rubbish dump which is such a shame!

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There is beautiful wildlife along the way, we even managed to see a parent swan, protecting her egg.

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The path led us past two reservoirs which were busy with a variety of activities, including sailing and what looked to be football in a kayak (does that exist, it was definitely a ball sport from a kayak :-)). Then we continued, passing an old Castle admiring the architecture we realised it was The Castle Climbing Centre, we popped inside to have a look, what a cool idea to have a climbing centre in a castle. It looked fun.

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Continuing the New River path we visited a park called Clissold Park, it had a great family vibe with a nice cafe.  A few minutes from the park we heard the sound of a vuvuzela being played. We looked down the road and saw a young girl, as we approached we could see three young girls (around 6-7 years old) with a neatly dressed table, selling homemade flapjacks and lemonade. How cute! They asked if we’d like to purchase something, of course we did so we brought a cheeky flapjack to share.  The young girls told us how they had already sold two trays and had three trays left to sell.  Future business women.

We carried on with our walk reaching the final stretch, the New River walk which is beautiful, charming and mysterious all at once.

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We did 4.7 miles of the New River path and I hope, one day to do the full 30 mile walk 🙂

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