River Lee Country Park and Waltham Abbey. - Sunday 18 Feb 2024
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BMC Affiliated Club

River Lee to Waltham Abbey: A Historical Hike

Start at River Lee Country Park, a green haven teeming with wildlife. Follow trails leading to Waltham Abbey, a medieval gem dating back to the 7th century. As nature meets history, hikers experience a unique blend of scenic beauty and rich heritage, making this short journey a memorable escape near London.

  • Length: 12 km (7.5 miles)
  • Grading: Easy
  • Rating: 1 out of 10.
  • Hiking time: About 3 to 4 hours of actual hiking
  • Start: Cheshunt Station
  • AddressCheshunt, Waltham Cross EN8 9AQ


  • Members: Free!
  • No Members: £12
  • Child under 13 years old: £6 


We'll meet at Cheshunt Station at 10:30. You can access to this station using your Oyster Card or Contactless card.

This walk is covered by our Club's insurance. Our Club is registered on The British Mountaineering Council (BMC)



The Lea Valley is a wide floodplain which has long been both an important transport corridor and a natural boundary (e.g. between the Saxons and the Danes in the Dark Ages). Its rivers provided water and power for many mills and factories, although nowadays, the journey out of London seems to offer an unbroken line of light industrial estates, warehouses and retail parks. This does not exactly lift the spirits when seen from the train, but on the Herbs/Essex border just before Cheshunt the view abruptly changes to the tree-lined lakes of River Lee Country Park. There are good opportunities for bird-watching in this wetland landscape of rivers and filled-in gravel pits, and several locations where orchids can be seen in late May and June. A series of sculptures are dotted around the park and the walk route goes past many of them.

At the end of the route, we will stop at an English pub to have a drink together and comment on the world

How to find us

Maria will be at the meeting point detailed in the section "Transport and Meeting Point" below. In case of difficulties locating her, you can call her on 07535295739 


We'll stop during the hike for a snack lunch, so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments.

Photos - All photos were taken by the hike leader on previous trips, so are the actual views that you will see from the route that you'll be hiking.

What to Bring

  • Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear, ideally hiking boots). Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended
  • Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)
  • Packed lunch/picnic
  • Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike

Photos & Video - All were taken by the hike leader on previous trips so are the actual views that you will see from the route that you'll be hiking.


Dogs can use this trail as well, but must be on a leash.


This hike is led by a trained hike leader and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with suitable hiking footwear and hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - more info

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Notice: Photos and videos taken during our events are for personal use only. Commercial use is strictly prohibited without prior consent. Please respect the privacy and rights of all participants. For more details, visit our Photo and Video Usage Policy.


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