Capital Ring 12 and 13: Finsbury Park to Clapton


Picking up where we left off in September, this is a walk in early December on the Capital Ring long-distance path: it covers the last part of section 12 from the official book, and the first part of section 13.

Finsbury Park

We set off across Finsbury Park, with a police helicopter circling ominously overhead for no apparent reason. After crossing the park and a main road, we took a path by the New River, which is amusing because it is neither new nor a river. (It was constructed more than three centuries ago to carry fresh water into London.)

New River.
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The not-river path is along grass which, given the damp conditions of late, meant it was largely mud and rather slippery. Other than that it was pleasant (and deserted, on a Monday morning).

Looking back at part of the large Woodberry Down housing estate.
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School fence and a bit of a view westward.
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A large chimney opposite has the lettering ‘OCC’ - I’ve since looked it up, and it’s the Oriental Carpet Centre, a warehouse business which still operates. The chimney was built as part of the Maynards factory, where they used to make Wine Gums. The factory closed in 1998.

Chimney (1).
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Chimney (2).
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We crossed another main road and continued to follow the New River Path on a loop and past Stoke Newington’s East and West reservoirs, both of which are lined with new flats.

This is an older building. Nice crack, though.
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Small building straddling river by entrance to East Reservoir.
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Fencing and East Reservoir. In distance, church tower and London skyscrapers in mist.
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Hard-hitting public art by new flats. (Okay, it’s Toad from Wind in the Willows.)
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West Reservoir and gulls.
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More new flats.
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We left the reservoirs and the New River behind, passing an incredible Victorian pumping station.

Pumping castle.
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Our route crossed a park then ran along Stoke Newington high street, which includes two churches (opposite each other).

Old church with new church in background.
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Part of the new church tower.
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Town hall.
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Painting on side of building.
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No longer a pen shop. (The establishment below is a café.)
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We then walked through Abney Park cemetery, which is kind of incredible - slightly overgrown and with an amazing chapel in the middle.

Dr Rogers’s Family mausoleum.
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Angel. Mostly armless.
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Cracked and listing monument to George Walt.
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White lion.
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Chapel (1).
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Chapel (2).
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Chapel (3).
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Chapel (4).
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After the cemetery we walked along minor, mainly residental roads for a bit. At one point the same street was busy with people in either orthodox Jewish, or Muslim, dress, which seemed a strange combination!

Back gate to Egg Stores, which doesn‘t sell eggs.
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I hate London mould!
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We crossed Springfield Park to join the path along the Lee Navigation.

Springfield Park being surveyed.
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Converted lifeboat, featuring giant tentacle.
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Anchor & Hope pub opposite.
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Railway line and Walthamstow Marshes.
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East London Vandals. (Not Elvis. He’s dead.)
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We crossed back over the Navigation on a footbridge, walked through Millfields Park, and along a short road to finish at Clapton station.

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