Walthamstow Marshes

Walthamstow Marshes

Walthamstow Marsh Nature Reserve, Coppermill Fields and Leyton Marsh are all part of this Green Flag award-winning site in the Lea Bridge area. The reserve is one of the few remaining pieces of London’s once widespread river valley grasslands, and a space to treasure for many reasons!

There are plenty of paths to choose from when you explore by bike or on foot. Whilst exploring the area, look out for the blue plaque on the railway arch which commemorates the work of Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe. It was on Walthamstow Marshes where he flew his first all-British triplane. 

You’re also likely to see buzzards soaring above and peregrine falcons, whilst at ground level two of Britain’s rarest plants – creeping marshwort and brookweed - thrive here. And after almost half a century’s absence, Hop Sedge has returned to the marsh – so come and celebrate nature’s comeback at Walthamstow Marshes!

Site management workshops

Are you interested in finding out more about how the marshes are managed and how you could get involved? Come along to our site management workshops at the WaterWorks Centre, meet beside Lee Valley Ice Centre. Find out the dates of our workshops on our What's on section.



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Contact us


Walthamstow Marshes

Lea Bridge Road
London E10 7QL

03000 030 610*
*Calls will be charged at local rate

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