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New River Path Part Three: Cheshunt to Enfield

MODERATE 2 reviews

New River Path Part Three: Cheshunt to Enfield is a 8.9 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 8.9 km Elevation Gain: 188 m Route Type: Point to Point


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bird watching




A waterside linear walk along the third stretch of the New River in Hertfordshire and London. The walk bridges the sections north and south of the M25, taking you through quiet suburbs, beautiful parks and the picturesque section of the river as it winds through Enfield Town. The New River has an unhelpful name, being neither new nor a river! It is a water supply aqueduct, completed in 1613, to bring drinking water from Hertfordshire to North London. Before this time, London's water supply was limited to the Thames, local streams and wells which were often contaminated. Thames Water has worked with partners to create a 28 mile long-distance path that follows the river's course. The route has just a few steady slopes and follows some paved paths, but mainly unmade paths which can be fairly muddy after periods of rain and in winter. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and some steps along the way. Whilst the route is waymarked, you may find that some of the signs had been rotated round to face the wrong way so take care to check the map and directions regularly. The return leg can be completed by train (see the "Getting There" section for details). Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours (plus extra time to walk to/from the rail stations and for the train journeys). Check out the segments of the hike here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/new-river-path--2 or see the full route here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/england/hertfordshire/new-river-path-full-route

lovely route. can get a bit samey near Cheshunt

Sunday, September 16, 2018

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

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