New River Walk

One of Islington’s most unusual spaces, and one of my favourites, is the New River Walk in Canonbury.

It follows the route of the New River, a canal branching from the River Lea that brought fresh water into Islington and Finsbury from Hertfordshire, passing through Canonbury, then on via Duncan Terrace to Sadlers Wells.

The New River Walk stretch between Canonbury Road and St Paul’s Road, is the only section that still has water. Threading between the gardens of Canonbury, from some angles it looks totally rural, despite the park just being a sliver of green in the city. It’s a lovely spot to see ducklings in spring, and spot a heron. For many years it was badly neglected, but the Friends of the New River Walk worked hard to clean and restore it, and now it’s a delight.

Islington Council has included it in a series of leisure walks round the borough – they suggest combining New River Walk with a visit to the Estorick Collection at one end, and brunch on Newington Green at the other.

Now London photographer Zulq Alam has posted some striking black and white images of the New River Walk here.

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