Four river walks have been scheduled for 2019, three along the New River or its old course, and one covering a further section of the Lea Valley Walk. The walks are of varying distance & all start at about 10 am.

The creation of the New River was one of the greatest engineering and mapping works of its time. The New River Company was one of the first companies in the world and certainly the first in the UK. It was substantially financed by the King. It is one of the longest-lived companies to have existed, operationally for over 300 years and as a property company to this day. 29th September this year marks the 406th anniversary of the completion of the New River when, after more than 5 years work, it gently meandered and flowed for over 40 miles along the 100 foot contour, from springs near Hertford into the 'Round Pond', an old duck pond at the top of a hill in Islington, North London. From the Round Pond, water was distributed in hollowed-out elm pipes and by water carriers to those in the City Of London fortunate enough to be able to afford a fresh water supply. It was usually fed to the ground floor of dwellings. It wasn't a pressurised, constant supply, and water was only made available on notified days and times. However, the water was certainly cleaner, safer and much more convenient than that carried from the River Thames, local wells or conduits.

Today, after over 400 years, the New River is still supplying drinking water to London and, thanks to the New River Path, we can continue to enjoy walking much of this unique part of London’s industrial heritage.

There is no charge for our walks. John and Charles will explain various features of interest along the way, together with a bit of history. All walks include a lunch stop and short morning/afternoon breaks. Wear suitable clothing and footwear. Bring food and drink for lunch, or purchase locally at lunch stop locations where food and drink will be available.

Further details will be issued prior to the date of each walk. I do hope you can join us for at least one of them.

Sincerely - John Polley - 07814 546772 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date Meet Walk Route Walk Leader
Sunday 17th March 2019
10.10am start
Meet outside Hertford East station, Hertford, SG14 1NB. River Lea - Lea Valley Walk - Hertford to Broxbourne Charles Morris
Sunday 12th May 2019
10.10am start
Meet outside Hertford East station, Hertford, SG14 1NB. New River - Hertford to Enfield John Polley
Sunday 30th June 2019
10.10am start
Meet outside the Crown & Horseshoes pub, Horseshoe Lane, Enfield, EN2 6PZ. New River Enfield to New River Head John Polley
CANCELLED (was Sunday 6th October 2019
10.10am start)
(Meet outside Enfield Town station, Southbury Road, Enfield, EN1 1YX.) (New River - 'Whitewebbs Loop' (old course) - a short (6 miles approx.) circular walk via Myddelton House Gardens) CANCELLED
Sunday 27th October 2019
(Details of times to follow asap)
(Details to follow. Join our email list [see below] and we'll send you an update) Charles's Lea Valley Walk series section 7 Charles Morris


Hope to see you during 2018!

Please put the event dates above in your diaries now. Further details will be sent to our email list nearer the time (please join if not already a member - see below).

Please let walk organiser (John Polley or Charles Morris depending on walk) know if you will be joining us - John at metromodels # or 07814 546 772, or Charles at charlesmorris88 # or 07788 887 863 - replace # by @ in email addresses).

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