Artworks Route Three

Artworks Route Three

Distance 6 miles
Terrain A mixture of surfaced pathways of differing material, towpath, several bridges (one with steep incline) and several walk-around/kissing gates
Starting Point Fishers Green car park, Stubbins Hall Lane, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF
Quick guide
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Route

  • Leave Fishers Green car park through the kissing gates in to the picnic area.
  • You’ll see the first sculpture on our trail. The Glade Sculpture depicts the world of the minibeast.
  • Cross the green bridge in the southwest corner of the picnic area towards the viewpoint.
  • With the viewpoint in front of you turn right and head north past the Bittern Information Point (maps available in the hide).
  • Continue north along the snaking tarmac path passing a bench on the right and Otter Trail interpretation panel.
  • At the junction continue north signposted to Holyfield Marsh.
  • At the Wildlife Benches (see the local wildlife carved into each bench turn left and head west crossing Portillo Bridge.
  • Upon leaving the bridge continue past directional signpost to Nightingale Wood.
  • Follow the snaking path to the left then right - steps to the left are a short detour to the Pochard Hide although path is undulating and uneven.
  • A short detour to the right over the bridge is Turnford Brook car park.
  • Continue along the main path with a sign on the left for Nightingale Wood and North Met Pit.
  • With the bridge on the right cross the wavy bridge and turn left heading south along Cheshunt Country Walk.
  • Continue south with the railway line to your right passing four Play Boulders on your left. These pieces are coloured and designed to represent the history of the area and its relationship with the sand and gravel extraction that took place here.
  • At the junction with Cadmore Lane cross the path and continue south passing Stag Beetles on your left (the mighty male Stag Beetle is depicted here battling on an oak log) and the dog agility course.
  • Enter Cheshunt Country Walk car park through the kissing gates and cross the car park to Windmill Lane.
  • Turn left on to Windmill Lane and head east in to Pindar car park.
  • At the Lee Valley signpost in the car park turn right on to the pathway heading south - Natural play is in front of you. These natural play sculptures have been created and grouped together to give kids their own zone where they can let their imaginations take over.
  • Either follow the path to the junction and turn left or walk through the sculptures re-joining the path to the right of the natural play sculptures depicting the “Wind”.
  • Continue south along the path to the signpost for Turnershill Marsh, at the signpost cross the bridge on your right and follow the path south.
  • Stay on the main path at the junction heading south and pass The Giant Chair sculpture which is on your left.
  • On the left across the small River Lee you will see The Shrine Sculpture (a carving from a huge Cedar tree), at the right hand bend cross a small wooded bridge to view The Shrine.
  • Cross back over the bridge and continue south along the path with Bowyers Water and Bowyers Orchid Area on your right.
  • At the southern end of Bowyers Water continue walking left on the main path to the junction and around the next left hand bend to the next junction then continue east along the path.
  • Cross the bridge over small River Lee and continue on the main path, Cheshunt Marsh with disc golf is on your left (equipment for disc golf can be hired from Lee Valley White Water Centre and YHA London Lee Valley).
  • Follow the right hand bend and in front of you is Musicality (a xylophone in the middle of the park – give it a go playing it like a bongo to create your musical masterpiece).
  • Just past the sculptures is the entrance to Lee Valley White Water Centre (alternative start point).
  • At Lee Valley White Water Centre signpost turn left to join the towpath and then turn right heading south along the towpath.
  • At Waltham Town Lock cross the bridge (pushchair users continue up ramp to Highbridge street, turn left and re-enter the country park through the pedestrian gap at Waltons Walk.
  • The Viking ship is ahead of you (the skeletal hull of this ship invokes images of the days gone by when the Vikings travelled the Lee).
  • Continue north along Waltons Walk.
  • On the left is the showground entrance, pass this continuing on the main path.
  • At the junction keep heading north along Waltons Walk, a short detour to the left at this junction is Hall Marsh Scrape (bird hides and viewpoint). Banded Demoiselle, a metal sculpture depicting the iridescent male of the species which can be found fluttering over the water during the summer months.
  • Continue heading north, at the junction stay on main path a slight detour to left is the north end of Hall Marsh Scrape.
  • Follow the bending main path to Hooks Marsh car park (alternative starting point).
  • Enter the car park through the pedestrian access on the right.
  • This will be the location of our Bird Transition, this large carved block of Portland stone showcases the different wildlife that can be found in the Lee Valley.
  • Cross the car park and pick up the main path heading north through the kissing gates
  • Follow the bending main path until you reach the viewpoint on your left and green bridge on your right.
  • Cross the green bridge passing The Glade Sculpture and the end point of Fishers Green car park.

Toilets

  • Fishers Green car park
  • Pindar car park


Refreshments


Alternative car parking/starting points along the route are:

  • Turnford Brook car park, Turnford, Hertfordshire EN8 0LU Pindar car park, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire EN8 9AJ (best if using public transport)
  • Lee Valley White Water Centre car park, Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN9 1AB
  • Hooks Marsh car park, Fishers Green Lane, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2ED

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