Orchid Discovery Trail

Orchid Discovery Trail

Distance 2 Miles
Terrain Surfaced pathways, one bridge and boardwalks in orchid areas. Towpath may become muddy.
Starting Point Pindar car park, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts EN8 9AJ
Quick guide Three star walking routeTwo star running routeNot suitable for cyclingRefreshments availble on routeToilets availble on route
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  • From the eastern end of the car park, turn left onto the River Lee Navigation towpath.
  • Continue north passing under a bridge at Cadmore Lane.
  • Turn left after the bridge and then right, along the pathway parallel to the towpath.
  • Turn left through the kissing gate and onto the boardwalk into the North Metropolitan Orchid Meadow.
  • Continue along the boardwalk, exiting the meadow through another kissing gate.
  • Turn right along the pathway and retrace your steps back to Pindar car park.
  • Proceed through the car park and exit from the south entrance in the middle of the car park, by the Orchid Information Panel and proceed along the pathway.
  • Turn left proceeding south, alongside the Small River Lee on your right, into Turnershill Marsh.
  • Turn right over the wooden bridge, continuing in a southerly direction, bearing to the left.
  • At the north end of Bowyers Water, turn right.
  • The entrance to the boardwalk overlooking Bowyers Orchid Meadow is on the left.
  • Retrace your steps back to Pindar car park.


  • Pindar car park


  • Lee Valley Youth Hostel, Cheshunt – 2 minutes from route
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