GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

River Stort Valley Way Walk

28 miles (45 km)

A lovely riverside circular walk around Harlow, Nazeing and Roydon.
The path runs along the River Stort from Roydon and then onto Harlow and Sawbridgeworth. This section involves some easy riverside walking and a series of pretty locks. The route then heads through Matching Park, Harlow Park and Latton Park before heading back to Roydon through Bumble's Green and Nazeing.

Stort Valley Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stort Valley Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


You could make a pit stop in Harlow at the conveniently located Moorhen. The riverside pub has a nice garden area where you can sit out and enjoy views over the river. They also do good food at reasonable prices. You can find them on Burnt Mill Lane with a postcode of CM20 2QS for your sat navs.
The Old Bell in Sawbridgeworth well worthy of some investigation. The historic pub is housed in a 16th Century timber-framed former coaching house. There's a charming interior with exposed beams and a fine open fireplace. Outside there's a pleasant garden area for warmer days. You can find them on Bell Street at postcode CM21 9AN for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At Roydon the trail links with the Lea Valley Walk. This long distance trail will take you along the River Lea from the source at Leagrave, near Luton, to the River Thames at Limehouse Basin.
The Harlow Walk uses part of the trail to explore the river and the pretty Pishiobury Park in Sawbridgeworth. The historic park includes ‘Capability’ Brown style landscape features and riverside paths.
At Hoddesdon you could take a smaller detour to visits the abundance of birdlife at the Rye Meads RSPB Nature Reserve.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Essex Walks and Hertfordshire Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Stort Valley Way - - 421459

Stort Valley Way — inEssex. The circular footpath passing through this point links up with the longerLea Valley Walkat Harlow.

Lee and Stort Navigations, Moorhen Marina turning basin - - 1467916

Lee & Stort Navigations in Harlow near the Harlow Town train station. The Moorhen Marina turning basin is shown in the photo. This turning basin enables long narrowboats to make the right-angled turn into and out of the marina, which is to the right, from and to the navigable River Stort.

Bridge over the Stort Navigation at Roydon - - 1447251

Bridge over the Stort Navigation at Roydon. An attractive stone bridge with balustrades, its abutments prevented by concrete fenders from collision by boats.

Roydon Mill - - 112068

Roydon Mill. The old water mill at Roydon has now been converted into modern apartments, and the miller's house to the left is the reception and offices of Roydon Mill Park, a caravan park and water-ski centre.

Dobb's Weir, Nazeing. - - 26831

Dobb's Weir, Nazeing. Fish & Eels pub by the canal at Dobb's Weir, Lea Valley, Nazeing & Hoddesdon area

Stort Navigation, Sawbridgeworth - - 39286

Stort Navigation, Sawbridgeworth

GPS Files

GPX File

Stort Valley Way.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Stort Valley Way.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)