New River Path

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New River Path
New River Path, Enfield - - 735199.jpg
The path at Enfield
Length28 mi (45 km)
LocationHertfordshire, England
North London
TrailheadsNew Gauge, Hertford
51°48′25″N 0°03′28″W / 51.806879°N 0.057881°W / 51.806879; -0.057881 (New Gauge (Hertford trailhead))
New River Head, Islington, London
51°31′42″N 0°06′26″W / 51.528396°N 0.107278°W / 51.528396; -0.107278 (New River Head (Islington, London trailhead))
Hiking details
SeasonAll year

The New River Path is a long-distance footpath which follows the course of the New River for 28 miles (45 km) from its source in Hertfordshire to its original end in Islington, London. The path is waymarked throughout its length and all signs display the NR logo.[1]


The New River was completed in 1613. The aqueduct supplies water from Hertfordshire to North London. Since 1992, Thames Water, with the co-operation of local people and partners, and at the cost of over £2 million, has created the path.


The walk can be split into the following three sections.


14 miles (23 km)

The path begins at New Gauge, Hertford, and passes through a variety of landscapes including the Lee Valley towns and villages of Ware, Great Amwell, St Margarets, Rye House, Hoddesdon, Broxbourne, Turnford, Cheshunt and Waltham Cross.


11 miles (18 km)

After passing over the M25 the path passes through a range of different scenery, from built-up urban area corridor to more open aspects, and through four London boroughs; Enfield, Haringey, Hackney and Islington.

Heritage section[edit]

3 miles (4.8 km)

The path runs through open spaces and inner-city streets, and follows the now truncated route of the river to its culmination at New River Head.


  1. ^ New River Path Retrieved 26 November 2012

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