The New River Path - Walk 1
New Gauge to Enfield
The New River is neither new nor a river. It is a water supply aqueduct, completed in 1613, to bring drinking water from Hertfordshire to North London. Since 1992, Thames Water has worked with local people and partners to create a 45 km [28 mile] long-distance footpath that follows the course of the New River, linking the inner city to the open countryside. The route follows, wherever possible, the historic water channel, as well as some straightened and piped sections between the New River`s starting point near Hertford to its original end in Islington. The route is waymarked throughout its length and all signs display the Path logo (from The New River Path booklet).
Today's walk started at Hertford East and followed part of the Lea Valley Walk before coming off at New Gauge, the start of the New River Path, and ended at Enfield Town. Disappointingly the path isn't signed that well and from the start I ended following an arrow across a rather muddy field and crossed the train tracks at the wrong point.
Eventually back on track it turned out that the muddy field detour was the most exciting part, other than the odd pumping station and sewage treatment plant, there really aren't any impressive views - though being a bit of an overcast day didn't really help.
Distance: around 17 miles (including detours and to/from stations).