New River Walk

Friends of the New River Walk

The New River was built in the early 17th Century as an aqueduct to convey drinking water from a spring in Hertfordshire to a reservoir in Myddleton Square, behind Sadler’s Wells. Canonbury is fortunate in having a long section of the original waterway and this provides a very pleasant area for walking and a lovely outlook for many houses. The maintenance and cleaning of the waterway is undertaken by Council staff supported by volunteers, including the Friends of the New River Walk.

The volunteer work has been suspended during the COVID pandemic but we hope that sessions will resume shortly. Details of volunteer sessions will be posted here as well as on the New River noticeboards.

If you would like to get involved and become a Friend, please leave a message for Jack Lambert on 0207 359 8315, or email him at