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New River Path

45 km / 28 miles

Herts, Gtr London
A walk along the New River which is a man made channel dug in the early 17th century to bring clean water into London. The path follows the New River channel as closely as possible, from open countryside with riverside paths, to the inner city streets, where, from the ‘Castle’ at Stoke Newington, it finishes with a 3-mile Heritage Section, where the route follows the historic but now truncated course through open spaces and on-street. This ends at the New River Head, an historic complex of installations and buildings mostly visible from Nautilus House garden, off Myddelton Passage, with a visitor information point (for its opening times see the Thames Water booklet).

As well as the open channels, the New River runs in some straightened and piped sections. The riverside paths include permissive sections restricted to use by walkers, who must observe safety notices and any diversion when closures are required for operational reasons.

In 1985 the New River was threatened with closure and the New River Action Group led those urging Thames Water to preserve the route as a long distance path, with the company making a substantial investment in the walking route including providing the route booklet. The New River is an important resource for leisure and wildlife.


Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Named posts/NR logo  
Attributes: Easy; River; Heritage
TL340138 - South bank of River Lea near Hertford, Herts
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TQ314827 - New River Head, Rosebery Avenue, Islington, Gtr London
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User Group: New River Action Group
  c/o Mrs Frances Mussett (Chair), 24 Lavender Road, ENFIELD, EN2 0ST
  020 8363 7187
Web Sites: New River Action Group
  Thames Water - Historical Detail

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Booklet: New River Path (Thames Water)
Paperback: Exploring the New River: Hertford to Stoke Newington (Brewin Books Ltd - 1997)
Booklet: Historical walk along the New River : Stoke Newington to Islington (Islington Archaeology & History Society - 2001)
Leaflet: Walker’s Guide to the New River (New River Action Group - 2002)
Paperback: Big Walks of London (John Merrill Foundation - 2008)

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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger: 166176177
OS Landranger Active: 166176177
OS Explorer: 173174194
OS Explorer Active: 173174194

Group Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

Hostel Accommodation: Lee Valley YHA, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Smart Camden Inn, Bayham St, London 2 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Clink Hostel, 78 Kings Cross Rd, Kings Cross < 1 Km

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Connected Paths:

Paths Marked on OS mapping: Capital Ring; Hertfordshire Way; London Loop; Pymmes Brook Trail
Other Paths: Green London Way; Greenwich Meridian Trail; Lea Valley Walk; London Countryway; London Green Belt Way; Mandeville Monk's Way; Middlesex Greenway; Queen Eleanor Crosses Way; Three Borough Challenge Walk; Walsingham Way - London to Walsingham; West Anglian Way
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Anytime Challenges: Hertford Challenge Walk; St Alban's Way


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Route Profile:

44.8 Km (27.8 miles)
277 m (909 ft) ascent
47 m (154 ft)  maximum height