Wonderful Wet Meadows

Wonderful Wet Meadows

Distance 1.5 Miles
Terrain Grass pathways throughout the route with several bridges
Starting Point Waltham Abbey Gardens car park, Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ
Quick guide Three star walking routeOne star running routeNot suitable for cyclingNot suitable for wheelchair accessRefreshments availble on routeToilets availble on route
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  • From Waltham Abbey Gardens car park follow the pathway into the gardens towards the building.
  • At the pavement sign at the end of the railings of the Parish Office, turn right and head north crossing the wooden bridge over Cornmill Stream.
  • Follow the path through the underpass and into Cornmill Meadows.
  • Bear to the right along the fence line until you reach the kissing gate.
  • Proceed through the gate, passing an information panel and Abbey Fish Ponds.            
  • Continue on the grass path alongside the river heading north, passing the inlet sluice.
  • Proceed through the kissing gate and continue on the pathway past an information panel.       
  • From the weir, continue along the pathway, following the Old River Lee in a westerly direction, bearing to the left to head south.
  • At the third information panel, proceed through the kissing gate and over a wooden bridge.
  • Continue on the pathway passing a path on the left (Wake Hide is a short diversion along this pathway).
  • Proceed south alongside the river and the Royal Gunpowder Mills site on the right, crossing over the large bridge and onto a footbridge over the outlet sluice.
  • Turn left before the kissing gate and follow the pathway east, keeping the road on the right.
  • Continue through a kissing gate and turn right, retracing the route through the underpass returning into Waltham Abbey Gardens and car park.


  • Waltham Abbey town, opposite Abbey Church  - 2 minutes from route


  • Waltham Abbey town centre – 2 minutes from route.


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