WhetstoneEnfield Town

Wheenf one
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

9km/6mi

Ascent

121m

Descent

167m

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Description

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

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

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Status

This route has been reviewed by 4 people.

This route has been flagged (1 times) for reasons relating to accuracy.

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Verified route

Route status - Live

Reviews - 4

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3) Maybe (1)

Problems reported -  Accuracy (1)

Downloads - 9

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.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
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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)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey 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)
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)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Maybe present 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)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not 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 75.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 18.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 18.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 6.0% (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.

75.0% of the route is on roads (1)

75.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

100.0% of the route is paved (1)

10.0% of the route is muddy (1)

There is no data on rough ground

There is no data on long grass

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2X December 2021 by Strider
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Maximum elevation

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Start and end points

Whetstone
Grid Ref TQ2613193937
Lat / Lon 51.63012° / -0.17904°
Easting / Northing 526,131E / 193,937N
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Enfield Town
Grid Ref TQ3295596570
Lat / Lon 51.65221° / -0.07951°
Easting / Northing 532,955E / 196,570N
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Wheenf One's land is

Green urban 10.1%
Urban 89.9%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Andrew Sheldon

13 Nov 2022 Autumn

There is no obvious way to work across from Whetstone to Enfield Town: long stretches of green spaces are not present here and this route does a reasonable job of linking those that are available.

In common with most routes in this part of North London, navigating around the nodes is tricky unless glued to the path on a phone (unless you've printed a physical map, of course!) This was the only one of the three Slow Ways walked on this day where I missed my way (on the section just northeast of Oak Hill Park). It was also the only route where the GPX file was incorrect/inadequate as it directs you straight across Oakwood Park when there are hedges (photo 6) and trees (photo 7) in the way. Heading straight across Enfield Town Park could also perhaps be reviewed.

Not suitable for wheels due to steps, particularly at the Whetstone end. I wouldn't not recommend the route as there are no obvious alternatives, but equally I'm not sure I'd follow it again.


Derick Rethans

16 Apr 2022 Spring

I walked this from Enfield to Whetstone. It was quite up-and-downy, with some lovely views and parks. There was a fair bit of sub-urban walking, which was OK on this warmish day.


Strider

28 Dec 2021 Winter

I walked from Whetstone to Enfield. There is a lot of suburban residential walking but punctuated by two green parks. A feature of this walk is that you are either walking uphill or downhill there is very little level flat parts, Steep in places at 18%.
Oakwood Park is half way and has a café with toilets. Benches, a fountain and a playground are nearby. The Park is quite wild and it is easier to walk on the path around the north edge than across (muddy in Winter) grassland. I believe a small wetland may be created here.
More streets before Enfield Town Park where again, take the path to avoid the muddy grass..
Hills, steps and cycle barriers make it difficult for wheels.


JayA

30 May 2021 Spring

Generally, a very decent walk. Some busy roads, but mostly on fairly quiet residential streets, dedicated footpaths and through parks. Just a couple of potential obstacles for wheelers: (a) A steep slope with steps down from Oakleigh Avenue towards the railway line (photos 1 and 2), with more steps down from Gallants Farm Road to Avondale Avenue (photo 3). (b) The path through the middle of Oakwood Park is overgrown (photo 4) and the grass beyond the trees is muddy after rain: it's easier to detour via the path round the northern edge of the park. Also, the grass in the middle of Enfield Town Park gets very soggy in winter. There is a tarmacked path round it instead.


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