GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bishop's Stortford Canal and River Walk

14 miles (22 km)

Follow the River Stort Navigation canal from Bishop's Stortford to Hoddesdon, on this delightful waterside walk through Hertfordshire. The walk follows the flat towpath through Sawbridgeworth and Harlow with lots of barges, weirs and pretty locks to look out for on the way.
Starting in the town centre follow the Hertfordshire Way east and then south to the river. You then head south to Sawbridgeworth, passing the Thorley Wash nature reserve on the way. In summer you'll see lots of attractive wildflowers and plants including early marsh orchid. There's also a number of wooden sculptures and a variety of wildlife to see in this area.
The route continues towards Harlow, passing Beckingham Palace, the former country house of footballerDavid Beckham. The river also passes close to Harlow Town Park which is worth a small detour. The 164acrepark includes nice footpaths, Water Gardens and woodland.
The final section takes you past Roydon and into the splendid Lee Valley Regional Park. Here the Stort Navigation meets with the River Lee Navigation just after Lower Lock. The park is Greater London's largest park and includes country parks, nature reserves, lakes and riverside trails.
In the park you can extend your walk by picking up the Lea Valley Walk. This will take along the river all the way to the Thames at Limehouse Basin.

Bishop's Stortford Canal and River Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bishop's Stortford Canal and River Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Riverside Apartments, Bishop's Stortford - - 1616517

Riverside Apartments, Bishop's Stortford

Southmill Lock, River Stort - - 234160

Southmill Lock

Spellbrook weir - - 245764

Spellbrook weir

Harlow Mill lock - - 1323599

Harlow Mill lock

Rose of Essex - - 707916


Queue for Hunsdon Lock - - 1317377

Hunsdon Lock

Your global journey starts here - - 1445031

Riverside sculpture

Lockkeeper's cottage at Brick Lock - - 1377068

Lock keeper's cottage at Brick Lock

GPS Files

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