Tired after a gruelling trip to Glencoe? Tired after two strenuous SWC walks on Saturday and Sunday? Tired of life? Come to Stokey! SWC Short Walk 26 – Woodberry Wetlands (Stoke Newington Reservoirs)
Length: 6.8 km (4.2 mi) [or 5.0 km/3.1 mi with the Manor House ending]
Meet at 11.30 (eleven-thirty!) outside Finsbury Park Station (Main Line Services from Kings Cross, and Victoria and Piccadilly Lines), Station Place/National Rail Exit.
Return trains from Stoke Newington Overground go to Liverpool Street or to Enfield Town or Cheshunt. Manor House is served by the Piccadilly Line.
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)
Please note: Dogs are not allowed in the Nature Reserve.
: 16 Cafés
and 2 Pubs
en route (see webpage or pdf for details).
, photos, walk directions
and gpx/kml files