Navigation Stretch (Stanstead Abbotts and Amwell) - a guided walk

16/10/22, 10:00

16/10/22, 13:00

Stanstead Abbotts




Date: 16 October 2022

Time: 11:00 – please note, the walk will begin at this time, if you’re running late, please give the walk leader a call to let them know.

Price: Free but we ask you to please book a ticket to secure your spot

Meeting point: High Street Car Park, High Street, Stanstead Abbott’s SG12 8AS What3words: ///door.number.lung

Please arrive 10 minutes before the walk is scheduled to begin. This will allow time for you pay for any parking and that your leader has time to check everyone in.

Estimated time of walk: 2 - 3 hours

Parking restrictions: no charges apply at this carpark, which is in Stanstead Abbotts just off the High Street. This is a public car park, which is about 150 yards past the level crossing on the left, and the only public car park available in the village. Beware not to go into the car park immediately after the level crossing as this is the station car park and is chargeable.

Tucked away by the quiet Hertfordshire village of Stanstead Abbotts, this walk will take in three lakes and a wet woodland area as well as a stroll along the Navigation. You will visit the most northerly point of the Lee Valley Regional Park in Ware.

First main stop is Amwell Nature Reserve, situated south of Ware it supports internationally important numbers of wintering wildfowl and is one of four sites in the park that combine to form the Lee Valley Special Protection Area (SPA). You will return on the loop along the New River footpath and follow the flow of the water back in towards London.

This will be a wildlife abundant walk and you could see anything at this peak migration time of the year. Bring your binoculars and the guides will show you many species of bird and other wildlife as you walk round.

This walk has plenty to see and explore so grab you coat and wellies and join us for 'A Walk in the Park'.

Walk information

  • The length of this walk is 7.5km (4.6 miles) and can take between 2 to 3 hours

  • Part of this walk is along unsurfaced footpaths and is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

  • Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead

  • Please bring water and snacks to keep you energised

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

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

Getting here

  • By train: the nearest station is St Margarets, on the Liverpool Street to Hertford line.

  • 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 Abbott’s. On entering St Margarets and just after the railway look for the entrance to the public car park on the left.

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