This months walk explores the transformed, exciting Gunpowder Park where people, wildlife and art coexist in a 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 Field Station 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 walk will also take you down to and around Sewardstone Marsh taking in one of the last remaining bits of wet woodland in the valley.
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.
The length of this walk is 6.2km (3.8 miles) and can take between 2 and 3 hours
Part of this walk is along unsurfaced foot paths and is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies
Some of this walk is next to water
The meeting point for this walk is Gunpowder Park car park off the Sewardstone Road just south of Waltham Abbey.
Grid ref. TQ 38557 99378
Nearest postcode: EN9 3YX
Car parking charges apply
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, walking boots or strong shoes are advised. If it is hot bring a hat for shade.
Check the weather before you come along so you know the right clothing to wear.
Bring some binoculars to really see the beauty and wildlife around you
By bus: the 505 stops on Sewardstone Road (5 minute walk)
By car: 5 minute drive from the M25 Junction 26.
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