A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park
Sunday, 22 October 2017
10:30 - 12:30

A Walk in the Park - Gunpowder Park and Sewardstone Explorer

This week's hand picked walk as part of Lee Valley Regional Park's 50th Anniversary explores the transformed, exciting country park where people, wildlife and the arts coexist in a rather more peaceful environment.

An ex MOD site Gunpowder Park was closed to the public for over 100 years and was shrouded in mystery for many years. Secret testing went on behind security fences until the Lee Valley Park converted the site into a public space.

Walkers love this area due to the network of all-weather paths, and a permissive bridle way which welcomes horse riders through the summer months. The Park is also home to a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly field station. This amazing building with its grass roof reflects the Park’s industrial heritage. Land forms demonstrate the history of the site and merge with art in the Park.

The site is also excellent for Wildlife. You might hear the song of the Skylark or see Yellowhammers in the hedgerows. Look out for Owl boxes as you go round and information on the night time creatures - this is a good site for bats.

Meeting Point

  • The meeting point for this walk is Gunpowder Park car park off the Sewardstone Road just south of Waltham Abbey.

  • Grid ref. TQ3856499374

  • Nearest postcode: EN9 3GP

Top tips

  • Bring some water and snacks to keep you going

  • Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead

  • Make sure you wear suitable and comfortable clothing for the walk

  • Bring some binoculars to really see the beauty and wildlife around you

Getting here

By bus: the 505 stops on Sewardstone Road (5 minute walk)

By car: 5 minute drive from the M25 Junction 26.


No need to book simply turn up and enjoy!



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