The borough is also steeped in history so is perfect if you are into finding out more about an area while exercising – ‘educizing’. In this feature we look at walks for all the family – from the pacey and energetic through to the more leisurely and genteel…
The Enfield Council ‘Active Enfield’ team runs a number of weekly walks in some of the borough’s most beautiful parks. The walks are free to attend and for all ages/ abilities. There’s no need to book. Just turn up on the day. Tuesday – Jubilee Park (Access via Hadleigh Road/ Galliard Road, Edmonton, meet at Community building) – 9.30am-10.30am; Wednesday – Broomfield Park (Meet at Rangers Office by tennis courts) – 10.30am-11.30am; Thursday – Town Park (Meet at main entrance opposite Central Library) – 2pm-3pm. For more information please call 020 8807 6680.
Walks for seniors
Age UK Enfield has arranged walks for seniors in the borough for the last 15 years and now regularly get 90-100 a walk (the record is 190 in case you were wondering!). The walks take place in Whitewebbs Park (Wednesday), and Trent and Pymmes Park (both on a Friday). The walkers are split into groups on the basis of desired pace so those that are looking for a leisurely stroll in the sun won’t be with those looking to burn calories. Each group has its own leader meaning everyone is well looked after. Every walk ends at a café so there is plenty of time for tea and chat afterwards. While the walks are free a £1 voluntary donation is most gratefully received by the charity. To find out more call 020 8375 4120 or visit online.
Nordic Walking is full-body exercise that is easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and abilities. Using specially designed poles which make use of upper-body muscles and help to propel the walker along, Nordic Walking is a great way of keeping fit at your own pace. The Enfield Council ‘Active Enfield’ team is currently running sessions on Thursdays at Forty Hall and Saturdays at Trent Park. For more information and took book please visit the website or call 020 8807 6680.
Going it alone
If guided walks are not your thing then why not do it yourself with one of the Enfield Society walk leaflets – Heritage Walks in the London Borough of Enfield, a Footpath Map and a couple of leaflets on individual heritage walks. The leaflets can be bought at Waterstones (Enfield Town),Forty Hall shop, Forty Hall Farm shop and Myddelton House as well as through the Society itself. Alternatively, if you are nifty with a compass and good with maps then why not get an Ordnance Survey and explore the borough using the many footpaths in Enfield. The Ordnance Survey maps to look out for are Epping Forest & Lee Valley (Explorer 174) or London North (Explorer 173).
Regular Enjoy Enfield columnist Joe Studman runs a number of walks through Jay Walks from Spring to Autumn. There are 13 different walks in total covering different parts of the borough or a different theme, with each sharing his expert historical knowledge along the route. All walks cost £5 per person, £4 concessions and last for approximately 90 minutes. Upcoming walks include Bush Hill Park (24 June) and Ponders End (22 July). For more information please visit www.jaywalks.co.uk or call 07875 537 295.
The Enfield Society also runs several walks during the year falling into three categories: Heritage Walks, which focus on particular areas of the borough; Discovery Walks, which may cover areas outside Enfield, with guidance on the countryside and buildings along the way; Footpath Walks, for people who enjoy walking in the countryside (and a bit of urban too). Forthcoming walks include Broomfield Park Stroll (5 July), Enfield Countryside Walk (24 July) and Southgate Heritage Walk (29 July). For more information visit the website. Please note non-members are welcome to come on one or two walks as an introduction but membership is a mere £5 a year!
The long ones
The London LOOP is a 150 mile (242km) circular walking route around the capital which is split into 24 sections. The green and rural Section 17 covers Cockfosters to Enfield Lock and covers a distance of 9.5 miles (15km) across the top of the borough. Key highlights on the journey include Trent Park and Cuckhold’s Hill. For more information visit the Transport for London website where you will find a PDF containing route information, a map and plenty of historical facts too.
The 15.6 mile (24.8km) Lee Valley Walk also runs through the borough in the east alongside the river path. The walk is split into six sections with the first two covering Enfield (Waltham Abbey – Ponders End – Tottenham Hale) at a total distance of 7.5 miles (12km). There is plenty to see along the route and plenty of picnic spots too. For more information visit the Transport for London website.
Finally, a large part of the 28 miles (45km) New River Path runs through the borough from Bullsmoor through to Bowes. The path is well signposted but for more information and route maps etc., look online.