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By the River Lee

Friday 14 December 2018,
Manor House to Islington

Our next walk is along the New River – not new and not a river.
It’s a channel built in the early 1600s to bring fresh water to London.
Most of its course from Hertford to London it runs pretty close to the River Lee but without the overhanging trees or tow-path as it’s designed for transporting clean water.
We’ll follow it to the New River Head in Islington, from Manor House to Islington via Woodbury Wetlands and Clissold Park.
Very nice café in Clissold Park and great bacon butties and all-day breakfast at the Angel Inn in Islington.
About 4-5 miles, depending on how many diversions we take, depending on the weather.
The highlight is the beautiful Victorian landscaping in Canonbury among fairy tale Victorian villas.

Friday 14 December 2018 meet at Neasden Station – front of southbound train on platform – at 09.30.
Or at ticket barriers at Manor House (Piccadilly Line) at 10.15.

Please let me know if you’d like to join us.

Cathy Mercer
020 8452 5239 or Cathy's email.
In case of queries on the day, my mobile number is 07943 925 224.

Photo, above right: Our October walk by the River Lee.(© SM).


Previous walks

2018 - Thames Path

We’ve been walking east-bound along the River Thames since December 2016. We started at Hampton Court and made it as far as the end of the official path at Woolwich in August. Since then we’ve been walking tributaries of the Thames, including Dollis Brook, the Wandle and the River Brent. We also extended our walk from Woolwich to Erith. In 2018 we plan to walk the Thames in London west-bound and take in more tributaries, including the River Lee and Pymmes Brook. All our walks are about 4-7 miles long and start and end at tube of train stations, with lots of cafes and stopping off points on the way to make for comfortable urban walking through beautiful London countryside.

2018 - River Fleet
At St Pancras Church

September sunshine for our walk from Blackfriars (Watergate) under Holborn Viaduct; between St Pancras and Kings Cross stations; along Fleet Road in Hampstead and by the Hampstead Ponds to Kenwood House.
Photo, above: at St Pancras Church on the River Fleet (© Rem).

2018 - River Lee
Markfield Park Victoria Park

A lovely sunny morning for our February 2018 walk from Tottenham Hale south along the River Lee.
And a dry morning for our April walk from Hackney Wick, past Victoria Park and along the Regents Canal to Limehouse Basin. Photos, above: at Markfield Park (© Rem) and at Victoria Park (© SM).

2018 - Pymme’s Brook
Jack's Lake, Monken Hadley Common

In July we walked from from Cockfosters to Arnos Grove along Pymme's Brook.
Followed by Pymme's Park to Pickett's Lock and the River Lee in August.
Photo, above: start of the Pymme's Brook, at Jack's Lake, Monken Hadley Common (© Rem).

2017 - Dollis Valley Walk
Autumn leaves over the Dollis Brook

In November 2017 we made our start walking south from Totteridge. A scenic and rural section with a nice cafe stop. Photo above, Autumn leaves over the Dollis Brook (© SM)..

2017 - Wandle Trail
Walking the Wandle at Foster's Way in King George's Park, Wandsworth Walking the Wandle at Merton

In August and September 2017 we walked along the River Wandle Trail, a tributary of the River Thames.

Photos above, at Wandsworth and Merton (© SM).

2016 - Thames Path
Walking the Thames opposite Syon House Walking by the O2

In December 2016 we made our start on the London section of the Thames path. This was one of most scenic and rural sections – Hampton Court to Kingston and Teddington – about 5 miles of level riverside walking on good level paths. Photos above, at Syon House and by the O2 (© SM).

2016 - Capital Ring
Walking the Capital Ring at Richmond Walking the Capital Ring at Richmond

Completed in 2016 we’ve walked the Capital Ring photos above, at Richmond, (© SM), London’s long-distance circular path of 84 miles that takes in canals, gardens, parks and river. We’ve been walking it since June 2015 in chunks of 4-6 miles and we usually get 6-10 walkers, with lots of stops for rest and recreation. Highlights? Lots of wonderful places we never even knew existed, including University of East London, Seven Droogs Castle and the dinosaurs of Crystal Palace. Next project, the Thames Path. Watch this space!