The Reserve can be visited every day of the year and access is free.
There is something of interest throughout the year however, it’s best for ducks and Bittern from November to February.
How to get here
By train: the nearest station is St Margarets, on the Liverpool Street to Hertford line. From the station, walk east along the B181 to the River Lee Navigation towpath, then walk north for 1km to the Reserve which is on the east side of the Navigation.
By car: from the A10, leave at the junction signposted A414 to Harlow. At the first roundabout, take the B181 to St Margarets and Stanstead Abbotts. On entering St Margarets and just before the railway, turn left up Amwell Lane. After 1 km look out for a sign on the left to the reserve. Park on the side of Amwell Lane. Walk east down the rough track, over the railway line, taking care to look out for trains, then over the River Lee Navigation to a viewpoint overlooking the reserve.
Tracks around the reserve are accessible to all. There may be some standing water after heavy rain. Sturdy footwear or wellies recommended.
Take care when visiting as the banks of the rivers may be steep.