Artworks Route Two

Artworks Route Two

Distance 3.5 miles
Terrain A mixture of surfaced pathways, towpath and grass pathways, several bridges (one with steep incline) and several walk-around and 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 gate in to the picnic area.
  • You’ll see the first sculpture on our trail. The Glade Sculpture depicts the world of the minibeast.
  • Cross green bridge in the south west corner of the picnic area towards viewpoint.
  • With 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 the Otter Trail interpretation panel.
  • At the junction continue north, signposted 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 the directional signpost to Nightingale Wood.
  • Follow the bending path around to the left then right - steps to the left are a short detour to the Pochard Hide although the path is undulating and uneven.
  • A short detour to the right and over the bridge is Turnford Brook car park.
  • Continue along main path, there’s a sign on left for Nightingale Wood and North Met Pit.
  • Cross the wavy bridge on the right and turn left heading south along Cheshunt Country Walk
  • Continue south with the railway line to your right and you will pass four Play Boulders (pieces that 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 turn left heading east
  • Stag Beetles sculpture is on the right (the mighty male Stag Beetle is depicted here battling on an oak log).
  • Continue east on the path over two bridges until you reach the crossroads on the west side of Seventy Acres Lake. Viking Sign Post, an elegantly carved signpost highlighting the old Danelaw boundaries.
  • At this junction turn right.
  • Follow main pathway past small track on the right.
  • Cross the metal bridge in to Hooks Marsh car park.
  • 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 car park and pick up main path on the left heading north through the kissing gate.
  • Follow main path around bends until you reach viewpoint on your left and green bridge on your right.
  • Cross green bridge passing Glade Sculpture to end point at Fishers Green car park.

Toilets


Refreshments

  • Lee Valley Park Farms - 5 minutes from the route (seasonal opening)
  • Bittern Information Point – weekends and Bank Holidays


Alternative car parking and starting points along the route are:

  • Turnford Brook car park, Turnford, Hertfordshire EN8 0LU
  • Hooks Marsh car park, Fishers Green Lane, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2ED

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