White water to Wildlife - a guided walk

24/07/22, 10:00

24/07/22, 12:30

Lee Valley White Water Centre




Date: 24 July 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: outside Lee Valley White Water Centre reception - EN9 1AB, what3words:  ///earth.shadow.late

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 – 2.5 hours

Parking restrictions: parking charges apply at this carpark. You’ll receive 4 hours free parking if you spend £5 in the Terrace Bar & Café, register your car at the time of purchase. Find out more here

On this volunteer led walk, you’ll be taken back 10 years to the iconic London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where Lee Valley White Water Centre was venue to the canoe slalom events. During those games, history was made when Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie claimed Britain’s first ever gold medal in the two-man canoe slalom, with David Florence and Richard Hounslow taking silver in the same event. The venue today is still a thriving hub of water activities where people can book on to try paddleboarding, kayaking and white water rafting.

This centre sits on the edge of Lee Valley Park and you’ll be led through the park, discovering all that Lee Valley has to offer from Viking ship sculptures, peaceful surroundings and a huge variety of wildlife that call the park home. You’ll make your way to the Wildlife Discovery Centre which is open to all to learn about the habitats and species around you as well as birds that visit the park.

After your visit to the Wildlife Discovery Centre, you’ll cross the River Lee and head towards Cheshunt station which was where ticket holders for the Olympic slalom events were directed too. You’ll walk along the “last mile” and finish your walk back where you started at Lee Valley White Water Centre.

Looking for refreshments after your walk? The Terrace Bar & Café is open to all. Head upstairs at Lee Valley White Water Centre and enjoy a drink as you watch the crystal clear rapids.

Walk information

  • This walk can take 2 – 2.5 hours

  • Our walks are predominately on flat gravel paths but there may be some uneven ground at times

  • All of this walk is on good footpaths and is suitable for wheelchairs or buggies

  • Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead

  • Please note, some of this walk is next to water

  • Please bring water and snacks to keep you energised

Getting here

  • By train or tube– Waltham Cross – 10 minute walk. Cheshunt station – 25 minute walk

  • By car - use postcode EN9 1AB for sat nav directions, use junction 25 or 26 on the M25

Olympic 10 Year Anniversary logo
Aerial image of Lee Valley White Water Centre