Lee Valley Park

January/February 2008

A collation of photos from walks around the Lee Valley Park north of Waltham Abbey:

10 February 2008 - Nazeing Marsh via Langridge to Fishers Green & back along Lee Navigation

This afternoon's little walk started at the Nazeing Marsh car park, from where the intention was to walk south along the Lee Navigation towpath. However, we immediately encountered yet another of those oh-so-frustrating footpath closed signs. The thorough reader of this site might have spotted a growing frustration with these, which seem to have been imposed with little thought for walkers. This was no exception - though someone had helpfully plotted a diversion route on the map for the 1.5 km of towpath that was closed on "Site B" (whatever that is supposed to mean for those not involved in the construction project), it totally ignored all the many people who wanted to join the towpath part-way along Site B, for whom no provision seemed to have been made. However, owing to the profusion of paths in the Lee Valley Park, I was able to find another route, and here is a bit of the Park I hadn't expected to see.

Arriving at the bridge over the Lee to take us towards King's Weir, we find that others have been less obedient than me (this time) - at least nine people on this small section of closed towpath. And it demonstrates the folly of the thing - where is the risk from these people using this bit of towpath?

King's Weir, where the waters of the River Lea leave the Lee Navigation for a lengthy perambulation through the Lee Valley Park

Looking south down the northernmost lake, there are quite a few dinghies out on this beautiful February day

Not a brilliant photo, but it does show George before the mud!

Sunshine on the lake. It was an astonishing warm day for February - the hottest 10 February on record in many places, with temperatures reaching 17C, and I was walking in just a long-sleeved t-shirt.

A remarkably brown scene for the winter

George looking cheerful.

From here on, the map was unhelpful, marking the public footpath crossing the lake, so George and I followed this very muddy track

The track ended here, where there is clearly land reclamation going on by way of spoil tipping. Unfortunately the way through was very muddy - right over the top of my boots - and followed by dense vegetation. Not much fun for either of us.

We emerged safely onto the path that runs along the east side of the lake down past the sailing club, and George and I are rather muddy. From here on, the route was delightful.

As we near Fishers Green, a dry stone wall looks oddly out of place in Essex

We have already crossed the bridge over the flood relief channel, and now cross the bridge over the River Lea itself.

And finally the bridge over the Lee Navigation to regain the towpath: the abutments of the old bridge can be seen

The beautiful late afternoon sunshine creates some lovely colours

Approaching the lock, where we are about to reach the closed towpath

Spurred on by all the other people using it earlier, we make easy progress along the "closed" towpath, with lots more people using it, and so return to the car after an expedition which had a short but grotty middle section but was otherwise a delight.

20 January 2008 - Fishers Green to Holyfield Weir and back along Lee Navigation

Ellie and George take a seat as we walk past the meeting of the flood relief channel (nearer) and River Lea (further) before their combined waters flow off to the left.

George and Ellie running back to fetch us.

Two muddy dogs by the lock

13 January 2008 - Fishers Green to Holyfield Weir & back around Seventy Acres Lake

Ellie and Henry by the flood relief channel on a walk up the west side of the flood relief channel from Fishers Green

Grazing dogs: the message doesn't seem to have sunk in with these two - you are dogs, not cows!

Holyfield Weir, with a fair bit of water coming over it. Last time Stephen was here in the summer, it was virtually bone dry.

Ellie and Henry above the weir.


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