New River Loop, Enfield
It’s easy to forget that some of London’s suburbs are home to glorious sights. The New River Loop is a wonderful place to spend a lazy couple of hours. It’s a pretty 2 km stretch of land by the New River. When I lived in the area I would often sit here, watching the world, his wife and associated friends pass by. I’ve even topped up my tan, on the rare days that the sun decides to make an appearance.
The New River Loop sits just outside Enfield Town and though bordered by main roads, the noise is not too intrusive. There’s a wonderful old bridge, well-maintained lawns and some attractive wildlife.
In my more energetic moments I’ve gone for a long stroll by the river, which is a man-made waterway, first opened in the early 17th century. I was even followed, for a short while, by some of the local wildlife that never seem too bothered by the presence of so many chilled-out humans. Coots, mallards and Mute swans are amongst the area’s many visitors.