Pymmes Brook Trail

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Pymmes Brook Trail sign

Pymmes Brook Trail is located in the London Boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey and is just under 13 miles (21 km) long. It is named after William Pymme a local landowner between 1307-1327. The trail goes from Hadley Green to Tottenham Hale, where the trail connects with the Lea Valley Walk. Most of the first half of the trail, as far as Arnos Park, runs beside Pymmes Brook, but after that it is only encountered intermittently as much of it passes through private land which is not open to the public. In its lower urban reaches some of the brook has been culverted to alleviate the risk of flooding.[1]


The trail starts on Hadley Green, where the headwaters of Pymmes Brook rise, with a link from High Barnet tube station. Together with the London Loop, it then drops through Monken Hadley Common to Jack's Lake, to meet another link from Cockfosters tube station. Pymmes Brook proper starts here as it flows out from Jack's Lake. The trail detours through Victoria Recreation Ground, then follows a short street section to rejoin the brook at East Barnet Village. It then runs beside the brook through Oak Hill Park and Brunswick Park to the halfway point in Arnos Park, with a link to Arnos Grove tube station. The trail now leaves the brook to pass through Broomfield Park and Palmers Green. It crosses first the New River at Oakthorpe Road, then the North Circular Road, to divert through two new public open spaces - Bowes Meadow and Tile Kiln Lane Open Space - where Pymmes Brook can be followed again. The trail recrosses the North Circular Road onto Silver Street, where the path enters the gardens of Millfield House. From here the trail leads to Pymmes Park and another brookside section, then to Fore Street, where it disappears for a while. Now the trail must temporarily follow streets for a while, but will eventually take a new route when the brook is opened up in the Meridian Water development. Finally, the trail passes through Tottenham Marshes, beside Pymmes Brook and past Stonebridge Lock on the Lee Navigation, to reach the point where the brook joins the River Lea, and the trail connects with the Lea Valley Walk at Tottenham Locks, with a link to Tottenham Hale stations.



  1. ^ Environment Agency Archived 3 February 2011 at the UK Government Web Archive Retrieved 18 January 2011

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