New River - Broxbourne to Turkey Brook
30 September 2007
After yesterday's surprisingly tiring visit to the Gransden Show, a shortish walk was in
order, and Henry and Stephen continued on from
their walk at the end of August
with another walk south along the New River.
We parked the car at Turkey Street station and took the train to Broxbourne
station, from where it is a short walk to Broxbourne church
After we make our way out of Broxbourne, we pass along the back of Wormley...
After passing around the back of the Brookfield shopping centre, we walked
secretively through Cheshunt - indeed, secretive is very much the way in which
this route makes progress. We emerge briefly into open country around Bury Green
Though the twin monstrosities of the new Travelodge and the new News
International printing works loom over what was a tranquil view last time we
were along this way. Waltham Cross and Waltham Abbey lie in between, but being
in the slight dip of the Lee Valley, did little to interrupt the view towards
Epping Forest, but that view has been destroyed.
Henry as the New River briefly widens
The New River aqueduct over the M25 gives a very broad promenade for the walker
Looking down on the M25 towards Holmesdale Tunnel. The junction has fully
reopened this month after we had been without proper access to the motorway for
the last 18 months, but at least it now has the full 6 lanes with which it
should have been built 20 years ago.
Now into Enfield, we reach Turkey Street, but from here we are going to continue
slightly further south to reach the car by a more interesting route.
We reach the point where the course of the New River was straightened in the
1850s, the straight section cutting off a huge loop around Forty Hall. The new
aqueduct and embankment over Turkey Brook are protected from detritus by an iron
grille, which in turn is cleared of debris by this ingenious automated system,
where the hanging tined bucket is dipped into the River, then lifted up against
the grille, lifting out any debris, before moving to the bank...
...where it opens up and deposits the debris on the ground ready for collection.
Looking to the remarkably heavily fortified section of the New River - despite
being underground in the embankment, this section is protected by two rows of
three-metre high spiked fences, one topped with razor wire, and equipped with
lighting. Considering I've walked more than 20 kilometres along the New River
from Hertford where there was free access, this seems at first sight to be very
odd, but I think it must be connected with the fact that water from the New
River is extracted around here and taken to the Lee Valley reservoirs.
From the path, the covered aqueduct of the New River can just be seen through
the trees, running above Turkey Brook.
Here we meet our old friend,
the London Loop, heading
east towards Enfield Lock.
Henry on the London Loop, which we follow for about 800 metres back to the car.
Total 11.2km (including station links) - 10.4 km on the New River Path; effectively flat, in 2 hours 51 mins (including 50 mins stopped).
The New River Path continues towards