The Lea Valley - Walk 2
Hertford to Limehouse Basin
Like the route length, there are also variations on how the river’s name is spelt - apparently there were once at least 25 different spellings. Now the valley is known at the Lee Valley, the river as the River Lea and the canal section as the Lee Navigation.
From Hertford the Lea becomes the canalised Lee Navigation and follows the towpath all the way to the River Thames. The route passes a number of locks, under the M25 and follows the grassed embankment of the King George V Reservoir along its way.
The end of the route takes you past Walthamstow, Leyton and Hackney Marshes, passing Old Ford Lock (home of the former Big Breakfast's Lock Keepers Cottage) and along the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, before joining the Limehouse Cut which takes you down to Limehouse Basin and the River Thames.
The section of the walk, near Waltham Abbey to Limehouse Basin, is one of the TfL's Walk London routes (detailed maps for this part can be found on their website) and by completing this section you can download a lovely, albeit bright pink, certificate.
Distance: around 28 miles.