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We'll be posting details of our summer walks in the next week or so.

Best wishes to all!




Charles Morris's Lea Valley Walks

Sunday, 13th September 2020

Three Mills to and tour around the Olympic Park

We will start at Three Mills (near Bromley-by-Bow Station) for a coffee at 11:00 before heading off. It would be easiest to bring your own coffee, and we'll sit nearby, but the cafe will have just opened if you'd prefer it.

The walk will be 3.25 miles plus whatever additional distance we do in the park.

If you will be travelling to Three Mills on public transport, you will have to wear a face mask. With regards to the actual walking, we will be in the open air, and should be able to keep to the recommended distance apart without feeling things are too different from normal.

There is no charge for our walks. 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. You may be able to purchase food and drink locally.

Hope to see you on Sunday. The weather looks very promising.

Best wishes


Charles Morris
07788 887 863
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Charles Morris's Lea Valley Walks


Sunday, 8th March 2020

Three Mills to Limehouse Basin 

This is an alternative end to the Lea Valley Walk, staying with the Lea Navigation by following the Limehouse Cut to Limehouse Basin. It’s only 2.5 miles so we could do that in a morning. I’m thinking that we could assemble at Three Mills for tea or coffee at 11:00 (definitely no tour!) and head off after that. The House Mill and Café will not be open at that time, so if we all bring hot drinks in flasks, we can have a drink while we assemble, then head off.




Sunday, 5th April (suggested, to be confirmed)

Tour of the Olympic Park

This would be 3.25 miles and, again, starts at Three Mills. Similar arrangements as above.


May or June (date to be confirmed)

Leagrave (source of the River Lea) to Harpenden

This is 8 miles so. I would plan to start walking at 10:00.


I look forward to seeing you all next year.

Charles Morris

07788 887 863

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Whitewebbs Loop (old New River course)

Led by Peter Baker

You can download these details in PDF format for easier printing: New River Whitewebbs Walk.

Thank you for your interest in joining us to walk part of the old Whitewebbs New River Loop. This is a circular walk of approx. 6 miles. You are welcome to join us for all or part of the route.

The cast iron aqueduct on Flash Lane and a New River Company marker post in the undergrowth on the old course

Start 10.00 am at Enfield Town Station.

From the station, we will cross Southbury Road and note part of the old course & the 3 pipes going under the road with the recharge station opposite. We will then follow the new course to Turkey Street. On the way, note corner of Jewish Cemetery which we will come back to when returning on the Whitewebbs Loop.

We have arranged special access to the Radiomarathon Charity grounds near Myddelton House, so that we can see the gardens etc. built on the filled in bed of the old NR course.

We will then continue on through Myddelton House (for a coffee break) to Beggars Hollow.

We will then walk via the footpath to join the northern part of the Whitewebbs Loop, proceeding to the 'Flash' viaduct, then back to Beggars Hollow where we stop for lunch.

Afterwards, we continue on the Old Course to Forty Hill where we will then follow the approximate route through side roads and alleyways to the corner of the Jewish Cemetery.

On the way we will see gaps between houses where the NR used to run and NR items in the road.

We will then follow the Old Course which will take us back towards Enfield Chase station & thereafter Enfield Town station.


Lunch wise - as refreshment facilities at Beggars Hollow are limited, we suggest that you bring a packed lunch or join us in the nearby Rose and Crown pub.

Please note that dogs are not allowed in either the Myddelton House or the Radiomarathon Gardens.

Being a charity, Radiomarathon would gratefully accept all donations for allowing us this opportunity to walk around their grounds!

Also note that we will have to take care to walk around the football pitch in the Radiomarathon Gardens to avoid a football match!

Peter Baker & John Polley
(New River Action Group)
07814 546772
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New River Walk Sunday 2nd October 2016

Part of Haringey Walking Weekend.

Main group walked from Finsbury Park to Green Lanes at Palmers Green, 7.1 km (4.4 miles). A smaller group continued to Fords Grove, near Winchmore Hill, total 9.7 km (6.1 miles). Distances include the detours on roads. Group photos taken near Wightman Road. Walk leader Bob Hare.

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'London's New River - neither new nor a river!'

A presentation by John Polley

John will explain how & why the New River was built and will take us on a journey downstream from its source near Hertford to New River Head in Islington.

Bounds Green Bowls & Tennis Club
Goring Road, Bounds Green, London, N11 2BU

Date and time
Friday 21st October 2016
7.30pm - 9.30pm

Licensed bar, and tea/coffee/snacks available to purchase

£5 per ticket

Tickets online or by post

Tickets online by card or Paypal (you don't have to have a Paypal account):

Tickets by post

Please make your cheque payable to John Polley, and post to 58 Digswell Rise, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 7PW.

Tickets will be posted by return.

Queries to John Polley on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07814 546 772.



Report of New River walk (southern half)

John Polley, the leader of the New River Walk from Enfield to Islington on Sunday 26 June 2016 writes:

The walk went very well, and was well attended with a record 20 walkers. Most were new to the NR, and as always, fascinated at what lies hidden away on their doorstep!

Two nice stops were enjoyed on the way...

We called in at the annual Palace Gardens residents' association Summer Fair being held on the Triangle near Ally Pally station where we paused for lunch & enjoyed live music, amazing cakes, sangria, doner kebabs, and the local bakery among other attractions!

Further south, we took a diversion around the East Reservoir to see the recently-opened Woodberry Wetlands. It was well worth it! A wonderful nature reserve that will now be included in all future New River 'southern half' walk routes! They have certainly done a great job of restoring the coal house with its right-hand-side wall panel commemorating the Mylnes - photo below...

 Inscription on Coal House, East Reservoir, Stoke Newington




All walks are on Sundays.

19th April - New River: Hertford southwards to Enfield.

28th June - New River: Enfield southwards to New River Head (Islington) - details here: Walks 2015

27th September - New River: Whitewebbs Loop (includes an optional chargeable visit to Whitewebbs pumping station). This is one of the sections of the old course, and will include the recently-restored cast-iron 'Flash' which carried the New River over the Cuffley Brook. Peter Baker has again kindly agreed to lead this walk. We will follow a different route to last year's Whitewebbs old NR loop walk. This will include a specially arranged visit to the Whitewebbs pumping station to view the original NR well head/valve house, etc.

18th October - River Thames: Woolwich to Thames Barrier - Emirates Cable Car (optional chargeable) - 02 - to London Bridge. Many of us enjoyed last years Thames ferry/walk to Richmond, so this year we will explore walking the Thames Path to the east of London.

Hope to see you out walking during 2015!

Please put these dates 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 know if you will be joining us - 07814 546 772.

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