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The Pymmes Brook Trail runs for 13 miles (21 km) across north-east London from Barnet to Tottenham, through some lovely woodland, parks and open spaces and passing many places of cultural and historical interest. Obviously, much of the route goes beside Pymmes Brook, a tributary of the River Lea.
The route starts on Hadley Green, near the site of the Battle of Barnet, one of the most important engagements of the Wars of the Roses, then drops down through Monken Hadley Common to serene Jack’s Lake – one of London’s least known beauty spots. After East Barnet Village, the trail stays close to the brook for 3.5 miles as it flows through a succession of parks (Oak Hill, Brunswick and Arnos) and has a close encounter with one of London’s marvels of civil engineering – the Arnos Viaduct.
Wandering away from the brook for a while, the trail visits Broomfield Park and Palmers Green, then meets the brook intermittently as it passes the New River and Millfield House into Pymmes Park in Edmonton. Finally, Tottenham Marshes lead to the brook’s confluence with the River Lea at Tottenham Hale.
The route can be divided into as many sections as you like, as it’s linked with stations at High Barnet, Cockfosters, New Barnet, Arnos Grove, Palmers Green, Silver Street, Meridian Water (opening May 2019), Northumberland Park and Tottenham Hale, and there are bus services at many other places.
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