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.
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