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Nature-ist: New River Walk

Lindsey
By Lindsey Last edited 90 months ago
Nature-ist: New River Walk
The babbling waterfall keeps the river flowing
The babbling waterfall keeps the river flowing
A well insulated moorhen
A well insulated moorhen
Walking into the winter sun
Walking into the winter sun
Peering at the second half of the walk through the iron railings
Peering at the second half of the walk through the iron railings
This way please
This way please
The basin bend
The basin bend

What is it? The New River Walk, Islington - a man made park along a stretch of the New River which was originally created as an aqueduct to bring water from the River Lea in Hertfordshire to Amwell Spring by Sadlers Wells.

Where is it? The park follows the New River as it runs above ground between St Pauls Road and Canonbury Road in Islington. It's open from 8am till dusk.

Why has it tickled our fancy? Easily missed, as it winds between residential areas, this is the scenic route from Newington Green to Essex Road and Upper Street. In summer it's bucolic. Today it's an icy winter wonderland walk dappled with snow, frost and sun. For pub fans it's an ideal walk. Coming from St Paul's Road you reach the smart Marquess pub halfway along and end up at the Myddleton Arms on Canonbury Road.

Nature notes: This charming linear park is landscaped along the river. There are several graceful weeping willows dipping into the water and many other trees, both junior and mature. The narrow path winds intriguingly enabling the pretence you're in the actual countryside and its a delight to linger in the basin area and by the bubbling waterfall. There are ducks, coots and moorhens even in midwinter and birdsong rang out from the treetops. When not frozen over the river teems with life and there are many points where you can peer in and several pretty bridges. The walk is rarely busy although a favourite for locals in the know and there are strategic benches along the way for when it's warm enough to sit and doze.

Last Updated 20 December 2009

SallyB

This is lovely!

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You can view a free guide to the New River Path at http://www.ifootpath.com/other...

The New River has an unhelpful name, being neither new nor a river! It
is in fact a water supply aqueduct (like a drinking water canal),
completed in 1613, to bring drinking water from natural springs in
Hertfordshire to London. Before this time, London’s water supply was
limited to the Thames, local streams and wells which were often
contaminated. Following earlier financially failed attempts to begin the
works to bring Hertfordshire’s spring water to London, Sir Hugh
Myddelton, a goldsmith and merchant adventurer, was given the authority
in 1609 to construct the New River. An incredible engineering feat for
its time, today the New River remains an essential part of London’s
water supply, providing 8% of the city’s water consumption.