Enfield TownWalthamstow

Enfiwal one
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

11km/7mi

Ascent

49m

Descent

56m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Enfield Town and Walthamstow.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Enfield Town and Walthamstow.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 10

Surveys

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Description Note
Grade 2: Mostly smooth and compacted surfaces, but there may be some loose gravel, muddy patches or cobbles.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Not present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Not present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Not present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 60.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 20.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 20.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 3.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unsigned (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

80.0% of the route is on roads (1)

90.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

96.0% of the route is paved (1)

2.0% of the route is muddy (1)

3.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

3.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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2X June 2022 by Strider
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

Enfield Town
Grid Ref TQ3295596570
Lat / Lon 51.65221° / -0.07951°
Easting / Northing 532,955E / 196,570N
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Walthamstow
Grid Ref TQ3715389022
Lat / Lon 51.58338° / -0.02182°
Easting / Northing 537,153E / 189,022N
What3Words flats.vast.porch

Enfiwal One's land is

Green urban 4.6%
Urban 94.6%
Water 0.8%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Philip Le Marquand

08 Sep 2023 Summer

I walked from Walthamstow to Enfield during a heat wave. There is no need to add detail to other reviews but I loved the variety of neighbourhoods and the bits of nature which persist in the midst of urban development.


Strider

18 Jun 2022 Spring

I walked from Enfield to Walthamstow.
A good start quickly moving away from the town through passages, then suburban streets past Bush Hill Park Station. More suburban streets to a large open field alongside a noisy A10, Over the A10 using a foot bridge with steps then along increasingly busy streets to Edmonton Green Station. After a shopping precinct there is a long litter-strewn path next to a cemetery which was away from the traffic at least. Then some bleak pavements next to busy A roads, I envied the cyclists zooming past. The smell of the recycling plant south of Angel Road added to the car fumes. An all too brief respite through Tottenham marshes gave shade and some quietness. Then more suburban busy streets and a circuitous route through to Walthamstow stations.
I wonder if a longer route via the Lea Valley might be nicer? Certainly this route could be shortened. It was a hot day and there was a lack of shady outdoor spaces to rest but there were lots of pubs, cafes and shops along the way for refreshments.


Jane Taylor

27 Aug 2021 Summer

This is a well-considered route which has a mix of pleasant off road paths, residential roads and some hard core major A roads. There are lots of refreshment opportunities on route.

There are some big obstacles which have to be crossed - railway lines, the A10, the North Circular, and the River Lee valley - and the route has been well thought through to keep directness, enhance connectivity by passing railway stations, and give refreshment opportunities.

I enjoyed the long run of footpaths at Enfield Town, passing the cricket ground, and felt I was making good progress towards my destination.
The route line at Bush Hill Park (coffee shop) is a bit abbreviated, but with careful attention I found the correct road out.
Cross the A10 (busy dual carriageway) by bridge - I mistakenly went onto the footpath alongside the A10 for around 300 metres - this isn't necessary - stay on the grassy area at King George's field and walk parallel to the A10 - there is a gate just before the bridge, this will be much nicer than walking along the roadside.

I took a refreshment break at the 'Rising Sun' at the junction of Bury Street and Winchester Road. They didn't do lunchtime food but they did do excellent cask beer; its an old fashioned two room local - a carpeted lounge and a wooden floored bar.
If you want something to eat then carry on down Winchester Road and you will soon find Turkish-style refreshments on Church Street, or continue to the big Edmonton Green shopping centre which has the usual chains.

After Edmonton Green there's another good stretch of off-road path, its well used which is nice to see.

The only improvement to the route that I found is the next section, along the B137 Montagu Road, which can be avoided by continuing straight on along the off-road path along Angel Walk, instead of turning right along Montagu Road. This would cut about 300 metres off the extremely busy section of this part of the route, and make it pleasanter overall imo.

The next section along Conduit Lane and Meridian Way (about 800 metres) passes the North Circular intersection, and I found it a bit unpleasant, best walked fast.

After the torture of the big A roads the next section across the Lea valley and marshes is a lovely respite, and would be an interesting area to detour and spend some time.
Coming away from the marshes the route climbs up hill through an estate and eventually comes out high up at Higham Hill. There is a very good pub here, the Tavern on the Hill, which serves beers from the local Wild Card brewery.

Downhill to Walthamstow - this part of London has a pleasant community and family feel, and would be a good place to spend a summer evening. Excellent choice of meeting place in the Town Square.

All in all I thought this route deserved 4 stars - the very busy roads and scope for some improvement (as described) holds off the final star. I admired the directness, refreshments, and connectivity with railway stations along the way.

Accessibility - bridge with steps.
Probably wouldn't walk this route after dark, its mostly lit on the footpaths, but the marshes area is dark.


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