Waterways & Parks in North London

Sun 13th Jan 2013

Walk Details:

Event Details Updated
Distance and lunch stop amended
Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
15ml.
Start Time
09.00
Route
Start Mile End Stn. Finish Islington via Clapton & Finsbury Park, the Green London Way & New River Path. Lunch Manor House/ Finsbury Park
Start and Finish

Entry Details:

Cost

Walk Report

Waterways & Parks in North London, Sunday 13th January 2013
22 walkers, 16.5 miles - leader Gordon Parker
22 people met at Mile End for a 16.5 mile journey through history which included a 400,000 year old stone axe factory, the site of the 6th century Battle of Hackney, medieval common land, a beautifully refurbished Victoria Park, the site of the first all-British powered flight and the birthplace of Marc Bolan. We passed through several fine north London parks & enjoyed a mid-morning break in the Springfield Park cafe followed by lunch at the Finsbury Park cafe: both were excellent. Coming right up to date we witnessed a large Kurdish demonstration protesting the murder of 3 women PKK leaders in Paris the previous week. Marshes and water figured prominently including the Old River Lea and filter beds dating from 1849 in response to a serious cholera outbreak that had killed 14,000 East Enders; the second half of the walk followed the course of the New River to New River Head, just south of the Angel, Islington: 2013 is the 400th anniversary of this vital source of the metropolis's fresh water.

Maps:

You can use the interactive controls to zoom in and out and to move around the map, or click on a marker for more info. (interactive map help)

Show Hostel Accommodation

Show Group Accommodation

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.