New website will be here in the next week or so!
Including a calendar in which we'll be listing local events being held over the
entire length of the New River to celebrate the 400th anniversary.
NRAG member John Polley is leading five walks along the New River on Sundays
Walks are normally around 15 miles (25 km) in length, and it's not unusual for
them to finish at an attractive pub!
We do hope you can join us for at least one of our walks!
More details here nearer the time, including estimated timings and how to get
to and from the routes.
Do consider joining our 'low traffic' email list, so that you will receive
updates promptly and automatically.
John has scheduled five walks for 2013, with a special 400th anniversay walk on
Sunday 29th September.
The 29th September this year marks the 400th anniversary of the completion of
the New River when, after more than 5 years work, it flowed into the 'Round
Pond' at New River Head, Islington. From the Round Pond, water was distributed
in hollowed-out elm pipes to those in the city fortunate enough to be able to
afford a fresh water supply. It was usually fed to the ground floor of
dwellings, although it wasn't by any means a constant supply, and sometimes
little more than a trickle! However, its water was certainly cleaner, safer &
much more convenient than that carried from the River Thames or other sources
by water sellers! The creation of the New River was one of the greatest
engineering and mapping works of its time, and the New River Company was one of
the first companies in the world, the first in the UK to be substantially
financed by the King, and one of the longest-lived companies to have existed,
operational for over 300 years. The New River is still supplying drinking water
The walks all take place on Sundays, and all start at 10 a.m.
Site updated 27/02/2013
New River Walk (old course), Islington