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Farm and Wetland Trail

Quick guide

Distance: 3 Miles

Terrain: Surfaced pathways, several bridges (two with steep inclines) and several walk-around gates.

Starting point: Lee Valley Animal Adventure Park car park, Stubbins Hall Lane, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey EN9 2EF


  • Proceed across the extended car park and join the surfaced pathway on the left.

  • At the field gate turn right and continue, turn right at the signpost and follow the pathway to the Fishers Green overflow car park.

  • Proceed through the car park and turn left onto a stony grass path alongside the Flood Relief Channel, heading south.

  • Proceed through a walk-around gate, turning right over a bridge across the Flood Relief Channel to the two field gates.

  • Proceed through the walk-around gate on the left and continue along the surfaced path passing the National Grid sub station on the right.

  • Turn left, over the metal bridge, crossing the Old River Lee, heading south.

  • Turn right over the wooden bridge, crossing River Lee Navigation and proceed along the causeway dividing North Metropolitan Pit.

  • Bear to the left, heading south past Nightingale Wood and Pochard Viewpoint.

  • Turn right over the red brick bridge crossing Small River Lee, turning left and heading south.

  • Turn left, signposted Hooks Marsh, continue east over a metal bridge, crossing the Small River Lee.

  • Continue past the North Metropolitan Pit viewing platform on the left and proceed over the bridge crossing the River Lee Navigation.

  • Exit the bridge and continue ahead, keeping to the right pathway in an easterly direction, crossing the green bridge between Seventy Acres Lake and Hooks Marsh Lake.

  • Proceed into Hooks Marsh Car Park passing the bollards and exit through the walk-around on the left side of the car park.

  • Continue along the pathway heading north, passing alongside Seventy Acres Lake on the left and the Flood Relief Channel on the right.

  • At the north end of the lake, continue through a walk-around gate and turn right over the green bridge crossing the Flood Relief Channel. (The Wildlife Discovery Centre is a short detour from the route – remain on the pathway passing the bridge, to the information point).

  • Continue ahead through a walk-around gate into Fishers Green car park.

  • Follow the pathway in front of the toilets, and take the first right turn, signposted Lee Valley Animal Adventure Park, continuing along the pathway to the Farms car park.


  • Lee Valley Animal Adventure Park

  • Fishers Green


  • Lee Valley Animal Adventure Park

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