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Published February 28th 2017
Riverside Walks: Enfield
Enfield, Greater London has a fair few hidden gems. Take its theatre/museum, (The Dugdale Centre), which dedicates itself to the history of the area, as well as to its variety of architectures, parks and other local sites.
Enfield Town is historic. It's vast. Much of it often goes unnoticed, hidden behind residential streets. Luckily footpaths are signposted and the area is now scattered with the same street maps that one can find in central London.
At the centre of it all is Enfield Town Station which links directly from Liverpool Street or Seven Sisters. The station, which was once Clarke's School, was where poet John Keats began a translation of the Aeneid- the Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC.
A great place to start is from Enfield Town Park, situated 5 minutes from the station, and just behind The Dugdale Centre- a great place to start this walking adventure. The centre has a permanent Enfield Museum on the ground floor with maps, local history and an idea of the variety of walks that you can take; from very local short walks, to some that can take you out into the surrounding neighbourhoods.
The new river that travels through the park is surrounded by a multitude of pubs and sites, therefore keeping it local, you can still find yourself on an interesting walk. You can also find yourself detouring slightly off the river's path to find a few of Enfield's Heritage blue plaques. Home and place of death of Joseph Whitaker and home of Mary Lamb are two sites not too far off of the river.
As well as this, the area surrounding Gentleman's Row is both historic and picturesque. Churches surround the area along with small green spaces and the 1921 Chase Green Gardens war memorial.
One road of the Chase Green Gardens war memorial on Chase Side (which is the road that runs parallel to the New River), you'll find a local bakery. Holtwhite's Bakery is a local business run by husband and wife Richard and Kate. The bakery produces their products on site, including areas, biscuits and cakes, as well as a variety of lunches.