TL3706 : Lea Valley Walk and Navigation

taken 6 years ago, near to Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Lea Valley Walk and Navigation
Lea Valley Walk and Navigation
Lea Valley Walk
A 53 mile long route mainly on riverside paths, linking the source near the Icknield Way Path east of the Dunstable Downs to the London Docklands. It first follows the course of the river, which is variously spelt Lee and Lea, and then after a suburban diversion from the river at Welwyn, it takes the canalised navigations from Hertford, using wherever possible green waterside corridors. It passes the numerous reservoirs that line the Lea valley through North London.
It incorporates the Upper Lea Valley Walk (9 miles and on OS mapping), the Cole Green Way west of Hertford, a multi-user trail including the route of a disused railway, and the Lee Navigation towpath.
From the source at Leagrave, suburban walking in Luton soon leads to countryside and a mainly rural stretch to Hertford where the canalised section starts, with in the same valley corridor the New River Path, also canalised, branching off earlier. Further south a series of large man-made embanked reservoirs lie to the east of the Lea, that continues into east London through marshland reserves rich in wildlife and in green spaces, finally passing close by the west side of the Olympic Park site to reach Bow Locks. From here either the Limehouse Cut or cycling routes along the Lea river can be used to reach the Thames. The short Hertford Union Canal (c. 1.5km) links the River Lea Navigations and the Regent's Canal along the southern side of Victoria Park.

Lea Navigation (Lee Navigation)
The Lee Navigation is a canalised river incorporating the River Lea (River Lee). It runs from Hertford Castle Weir to the River Thames at Bow Creek; its first lock is Hertford Lock and its last Bow Locks.
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Sunday, 3 February, 2013   (more nearby)
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Monday, 20 May, 2013
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 3726 0642 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:44.3810N 0:0.8085W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 3726 0638
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