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Monday, 27 August 2018

Bank Holiday Walk - Woodberry Wetlands (Stoke Newington Reservoirs) [Short Walk]

Length: 6.8 km (4.2 mi) [or 5.0 km/3.1 mi with the Manor House ending]

Meet at 11.30 (eleven-thirty!) outside Finsbury Park Station (Main Line Services from Kings Cross, and Victoria and Piccadilly Lines).
Return trains from Stoke Newington Overground go to Liverpool Street or to Enfield Town or Cheshunt. Manor House is served by the Piccadilly Line.

Woodberry Wetlands is a Thames Water-owned and London Wildlife Trust-run urban nature reserve on East Reservoir, one of the two Stoke Newington reservoirs on the New River (which – famously – is “neither new nor a river”). The reservoirs were built in 1833 to hold water from the New River, a man-made canal supplying drinking water to London from springs near Ware in Hertfordshire. The reservoir had been off-limits to the public for more than 180 years until 2016, when Woodberry Wetlands and its fantastic café in the former coal house opened.
The route starts with a meander through Finsbury Park before entering the Wetlands and then continues along the New River past the West Reservoir to Green Lanes, to then lead south, then east through Clissold Park (and its café in Clissold House) and along the very charming Stoke Newington Church Street to Abney Park cemetery (one of the most splendid and enlightened of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ London garden cemeteries) and from there to Stoke Newington Overground.

An Alternative Finish goes north from the West Reservoir along Green Lanes back to Manor House Underground (or even back to Finsbury Park Station, this adds 1.4 km)
Please note: Dogs are not allowed  in the Nature Reserve.

Lunch/Tea: 14 Cafés and 3 Pubs en route (see webpage or pdf for details).
For summary, map, photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here. T=short.26

1 comment:

Thomas G said...

22 assembled at Finsbury Park, 2 joined at Manor House, 1 ran late and caught up with the group at the Wetlands, so n=25 in w=overcast-but-warmish weather.
nobody stopped at any of the many cafes en route, so 2 peeled off at the end to go to a nearby pub, most everyone else strode back through the cemetery to Stokey Church Street for a meal. About 10 then went across the street to the Auld Shillelagh, the 'best Irish pub outside of Ireland', one of many no doubt. A longish session ensued, after which a handful strode back to Islington. A rather full day out for a short walk...