Bishop's Stortford Canal and River Walk
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 footballer David Beckham. The river also passes close to Harlow Town Park which is worth a small detour. The 164 acre park 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.