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This month's walk takes you to a little known part of the Lee Valley Regional Park. Glen Faba is now one of our key fisheries and a haven for a wildlife. A great country walk at any time of the year but this month you are likely to see some lingering wintering wildfowl and activity in the Heron colony.

Starting at Dobbs Weir the route will take you through a part of the park that is somewhat undiscovered; crossing the River Lea, you will follow the course of the river along the western bank of Glen Faba.

The walk will then take you past the Heron colony, which might even have young by now right around the top end of the pit where you will be able to see the new habitat works, which has developed more reed bed on the northern edge. Following the lake back down the eastern side you will see some of the grazing pasture and then follow the River Lea back to the Richard White Sluices that go into Nazeing Meads where you have another opportunity to see more wintering wildfowl before looping back around to the car park.

This is a fantastic walk taking in the River Lea as well as some of the unexplored parklands in the north of the park with great opportunity to view some interesting wildlife.

Walk Info

The length of this walk is 5.2km (3.2 miles) and can take around two and a half hours

The meeting point for this walk is the Dobbs Weir car park.

Nearest postcode: EN11 0AY

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Some of this walk is on muddy or uneven footpaths and is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

Essential Info

Parking is FREE

Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead

Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for the walk

Bring binoculars for bird and wildlife watching

Please bring water and snacks to keep you energised

Getting here

By train: the nearest train stations are Broxbourne or Rye House on the Liverpool Street line (both about 30 - 40 minutes walk)

By bus: there is no bus service on a Sunday

By car: the car park can be reached from Dobbs Weir Road from Roydon or Essex Road from Hoddesdon.

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Map & Directions

Herons to Sailing

Type:Guided Walk

Dobbs Weir, Dobbs Weir Road, Waltham Abbey, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 0AS

Opening Times

Season (26 Mar 2023)

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