As I have said many times before one of the things that I really appreciate about London is that there’re still a few places that can bring you back to the Old Times. That is exactly what I thought when I stumbled across The New River Walk.
According to the information board installed at the entrance of this nice spot, New River Walk goes all the way back to 1613. The waterway was constructed, then, to bring fresh drinking water from River Lea into London.
Centuries later, the river lies unused and some parts of it have been covered by different roads and pavements, while others have been transformed into public walkways. But is not the river itself which makes this place a nice spot for a pleasant walk when the weather permits. Starting from Canonbury Park, the curiously spilt garden square, you can walk towards Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art and The Canonbury and make a right onto Alwyne Place where a line of houses sheltered with thick foliage awaits. Make a left along Alwyne Road before hitting onto New River Walk itself on the right along Willow Bridge Road. Emerge at St Paul’s Road and then turn back on to Canonbury Park South.
Set aside an hour for the walk. Better still, do that on a late cool crisp Sunday morning before pampering yourself with a Sunday roast at The Canonbury. It seldom gets better than that.