June Walks Giveaway: Lee Valley Park, Hertfordshire
This walk is reproduced from our popular walking book 'Kiddiwalks in Hertfordshire'. The walk was originally put together with children in mind, but it's suitable for all ages!
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LEE VALLEY PARK, HERTFORDSHIRE
Distance: 3 miles
Lee Valley Park stretches 26 miles from Ware to East London. Nature trails wind between lakes, bird reserves, heritage sites and sporting facilities. The River Lee Navigation runs through the park with the old river meandering beside it. The landscape is not heavily wooded but young trees surround the many lakes, which are the result of sand and gravel extraction when the area was heavily industrialised. Some of these lakes are dedicated to sailing and canoeing clubs while the quiet ones are used for fishing and are home to thousands of birds. This walk touches on a number of these features as it explores the section from Cheshunt station to Waltham Town Lock where the Olympic White Water Canoe Slalom course is taking shape. Many visitors arrive by train and walk through the park to the next station, gradually working their way along the valley.
HOW TO GET THERE & PARKING
By road: from the A10 Great Cambridge Road take the B198, College Road, at Cheshunt and follow the signs to the railway station.
By rail: Cheshunt station. By bus: C1 to Cheshunt station. By boat: moor near Herts Young Mariners Base.
1. From Pindar car park turn right along the towpath. Go past Waltham Common Lock and the White Water Centre to Waltham Town Lock.
2. Cross the bridge over the lock or go up the slope to the road bridge if you have a buggy. Turn left along Waltons Walk beside Horsemill Stream. An information board reveals the history of this section. The pillar on the left with the mosaic is stone remaining from the old London Bridge, which was sold to America. Keep on this path past the David Stoker Radial Gates to a fingerpost where there’s a short cut back to the station.
3. The main walk takes the Fishers Green Arm to Hooks Marsh car park where an artistic arrangement of dead tree trunks stands on the grass.
4. Turn left over the bridge between Hooks Marsh Lake and the Seventy Acres Lake. At the triangle bear left over the bridge and immediately turn right to get
back onto the towpath.
5. Go under the bridge and back to the start.
- Alex Batho