Grebes and Gravel

Grebes and Gravel

Distance 2 Miles
Terrain All surfaced pathways and several bridges.
Starting Point The nearest car park is Lee Valley White Water Centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN9 1AB
Quick guide Three star walking routeThree star running routeNot suitable for cycling
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  • Follow the pathway north out of Lee Valley White Water Centre.
  • Take the left hand path, bearing around the steep bridge incline.
  • Proceed along the surfaced path, across the wooden bridge over the Small River Lee and continue west, bearing to the left at the pathway junction.
  • Proceed along Trinity Lane, turning to the right just before the railway line.
  • Continue north and pass through the kissing gate.
  • Follow the pathway north, keeping the railway on the left, passing Bowyers Water on the right.
  • Cross a narrow wooden bridge and continue, passing a bat hibernaculum on the right.
  • Proceed over another wooden bridge and turn right to follow the surfaced path around the north of the lake.
  • At the next junction, follow the right hand path, passing the entrance to Bowyers Orchid Meadow and the Orchid information panel.
  • Turn right and continue south alongside the edge of Bowyers Water on the right.
  • At the junction at the end of the lake bear left, heading south and then bear left at the next fork, heading in an east direction.
  • Follow the pathway towards the river, bearing to the right around the steep climb to the bridge and continue to the car park along the pathway.

Points of interest:

Bowyers Orchid Meadow (best seen late May to mid June) and bat hibernaculum (house).


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