GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Lea Valley Walk

53 miles (85 km)

A super walk with a series of delightful waterside sections along the River Lea. The walk runs from Leagrave, the source of the River Lea near Luton, to the Thames at Limehouse Basin, east London. You follow a riverside path for much of the way through, Luton, Hatfield, Hertford, Ware and Cheshunt with a swan emblem clearly waymarking the walk. The walk passes Nature Reserves, pretty riverside villages and includes a section through the fantastic Lee Valley Park - London's largest open space. You'll also pass the Olympic Park in Stratford which is well worth exploring. The final section of the walk runs along the Limehouse Cut Canal which is also suitable for cyclists.
In the Lee Valley park you can also pick up the Stort Navigation and follow the towpath to Bishop's Stortford. The river also runs parallel to the New River Path around Hertford and Ware so it's possible to create a circular walk using both the footpaths in this area.

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Lea Valley Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Lea Valley Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Photos

Stanstead Lock

Stanstead Lock - near Hertford and Ware. Viewed looking northwards from the footbridge, there is an unusual swing bridge over the lock which merits its own mention on the OS 1:25,000 scale mapping.

New Gauge House, River Lea, between Hertford and Ware - geograph.org.uk - 346174

New Gauge House, River Lea, between Hertford and Ware. Built by William Chadwell Mylne in 1856. The New Gauge House was intended to restrict the amount of water flowing from the River Lea into the New River.

River Lea Navigation - geograph.org.uk - 161097

River Lea Navigation. Part of the Lea Valley Park. The River has been straightened in this section to allow barge traffic

Lea Valley Navigation, South of White Post Lane bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1128493

Lea Valley Navigation, South of White Post Lane bridge Note the Olympic park construction to the left of the photograph.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Lea Valley Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)