Reed Beds and New Builds, Woodberry Wetlands

Reed Beds and New Builds, Woodberry Wetlands

SWC Short Walk 26 - Woodberry Wetlands (Stoke Newington Reservoirs)

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West Reservoir Centre, Stoke Newington

West Reservoir Centre, Stoke Newington

SWC Short Walk 26 - Woodberry Wetlands (Stoke Newington Reservoirs)

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The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes

The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes

SWC Short Walk 26 - Woodberry Wetlands (Stoke Newington Reservoirs)

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Abney Park Cemetery (III)

Abney Park Cemetery (III)

SWC Short Walk 26 - Woodberry Wetlands (Stoke Newington Reservoirs)

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Italian Hybrid Black Poplar in Abney Park Cemetery

Italian Hybrid Black Poplar in Abney Park Cemetery

SWC Short Walk 26 - Woodberry Wetlands (Stoke Newington Reservoirs)

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McKenzie Flower Garden, Finsbury Park

McKenzie Flower Garden, Finsbury Park

SWC Short Walk 26 - Woodberry Wetlands (Stoke Newington Reservoirs)

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Path in Finsbury Park

Path in Finsbury Park

SWC Short Walk 26 - Woodberry Wetlands (Stoke Newington Reservoirs)

07-Apr-17 • thomasgrabow on Flickr

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Woodberry Wetlands (Stoke Newington Reservoirs) Walk

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 6.8 km/4.2 mi (Stoke Newington Ending) or 5.0 km/3.1 mi (Manor House Ending) Time: 1 hour 40 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.
Walk Notes

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).
A start from Manor House cuts 1.4 km.

Please note:
Woodberry Wetlands Nature Reserve is only open during the day (09.00-16.30, -16.00 in winter), as are Clissold Park and Abney Park, so only a reduced version of the main walk is possible in the evenings.
Dogs are not allowed in the Nature Reserve.

Eat/Drink

Finsbury Park Café, Finsbury Park. Open daily 09.00-18.00 Mar-Oct and to 17.00 Nov-Feb.
Park View Café, Finsbury Park (Manor House exit). Open 06.30-19.00 Mon-Sat & 07.00-18.00 Sun.
Simply Organique, 316 Green Lanes. Open to 23.00 daily.
Zer Café, Goodchild Road, Woodberry Down.
Lizzy's at the Coal House, Coal House, Woodberry Wetlands. Open 09.00-16.00 daily.
The Reservoir Café, West Reservoir Centre, Green Lanes. Open 09.00-17.00 daily.
The Castle Café, The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes. Open 12.00-21.30 Mon-Fri, 09.00-18.30 Sat-Sun and 10.00-21.30 Bank Holidays.
The Brownswood, 271 Green Lanes.
The House (Clissold Park Café), Clissold Park. Open daily 08.30-17.30.
Plus Three Pubs and Fourteen Cafés/Restaurants on Stoke Newington Church Street (see text for details).

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Start: Finsbury Park Directions

Finish: N16 6YA Directions

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

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Jun-17

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