Finsbury and Clissold Parks, Woodberry Wetlands (two reservoirs), The New River (a canal supplying water to London) and Abney Park (a Magnificient 7 Cemetery)
|Start||Finsbury Park Station|
|Finish||Stoke Newington Overground or Manor House Underground|
|Length||6.9 km/4.3 mi (Stoke Newington Ending) or 5.0 km/3.1 mi (Manor House Ending) Time: 1 hour 45 mins for the Stoke Newington Ending, 1 hour 15 mins for the Manor House Ending.|
|Travel||Finsbury Park Station is served by Main Line Services from Kings Cross, and by the Victoria and Piccadilly Lines. Stoke Newington is served by Overground services from Liverpool Street 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.
Finsbury Park Café, Finsbury Park. Open daily 09.00-18.00 Mar-Oct and to 17.00 Nov-Feb.
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Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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