Waltham Abbey

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A circular river route around Cornmill Meadows.  Experience and discover the wealth of wildlife that feed on the wetland meadows.

  • From Waltham Abbey Gardens car park follow the pathway into the gardens towards the building.
  • At the pavement sign at the end of the railings of the Parish Office, turn right and head north crossing the wooden bridge over Cornmill Stream.
  • Follow the path through the underpass and into Cornmill Meadows.
  • Bear to the right along the fence line until you reach the kissing gate.
  • Proceed through the gate, passing an information panel and Abbey Fish Ponds.
  • Continue on the grass path alongside the river heading north, passing the inlet sluice.
  • Proceed through the kissing gate and continue on the pathway past an information panel.
  • From the weir, continue along the pathway, following the Old River Lee in a westerly direction, bearing to the left to head south.
  • At the third information panel, proceed through the kissing gate and over a wooden bridge.
  • Continue on the pathway passing a path on the left (Wake Hide is a short diversion along this pathway).
  • Proceed south alongside the river and the Royal Gunpowder Mills site on the right, crossing over the large bridge and onto a footbridge over the outlet sluice.
  • Turn left before the kissing gate and follow the pathway east, keeping the road on the right.
  • Continue through a kissing gate and turn right, retracing the route through the underpass returning into Waltham Abbey Gardens and car park.

Points of interest: Waltham Abbey Gardens, dragonfly information panels (dragonflies best seen between May - October) and Royal Gunpowder Mills.

Terrain: Grass pathways throughout the route with several bridges.

Toilets: Waltham Abbey town, opposite Abbey Church - 2 minutes from route.

Refreshments: Waltham Abbey town centre - 2 minutes from route.

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  • Length of route (miles) - 2


Map & Directions

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Parking at Waltham Abbey

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station: Waltham Cross train station - 15 minute walk.

Wonderful Wet Meadows

Type:Walking Route

Lee Valley Regional Park, Waltham Abbey Gardens car park, Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XQ
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