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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. Thames Water has worked with partners to create a 28 mile long-distance path that follows the course of the New River. We’ve created six walking guides to enable walkers to immerse themselves in the world of the New River, splitting the long-distance path into manageable portions. We’ve designed each of the portions to start at (or at least near to) rail stations to make traveling to and from the linear walks as easy as possible. Along the way there’s plenty to enjoy as your journey passes through both rural and urban landscapes. You’ll see the workings of the New River with its gauge and sluice buildings, reservoirs and beautifully ornate brick pumping stations. There are various monuments to the river’s creators to discover plus lakes, woodlands, parks and gardens. The final portion of the walk culminates at the New River Head visitor centre where you can read all the fascinating history of the river and its role in transforming the lives and health of London’s inner city residents. Check out the segments of the hike on the right, or see the full route here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/england/hertfordshire/new-river-path-full-route?u=i

New River Path Map

lovely route. can get a bit samey near Cheshunt

The section between Carpenter Gardens and Barrowell Green is now reopened.

The section between Carpenter Gardens and Barrowell Green is closed off. You have to walk along Green Lanes here.

At the moment there are roadworks at Canonbury Road which means you cannot use the zebra crossing

Beautiful walk along the river. Only feedback is that some of the instructions could be improved, as they don't follow the map so it got confusing at times

Great little walk through the city with the pup! Adorable hidden gardens and gems of historical info along the way. Not too long for a weeknight adventure!

We walked this section backwards as we were staying just off Green Lane. It was easy to follow and interesting, most signs were in place and we just referred to the app on phone from time to time. There were some muddy sections as to be expected after recent rain. We caught the train back it cost £1;40 on oyster with a rail card registered to it.

Just did parts 1, 2 and three. If you are into industrial heritage then this is an interesting walk. But very noisy, you are never far from a road and while pretty for much of its length there are several grim litter strewn sections.