Lea River : Rye House to Hertford

FInal stretch of the Lea River is the subject of this walk – from Rye House to the end of navigation in Hertford.

 

Start of the Walk at Rye House

 

Observation hide at Rye Meads bird sanctuary

 

Blue skies and peaceful water south of bridge 59

 

Bridge 59 carrying the A414

 

Lea Valley Marina at Stanstead Abbots

 

Riverside housing, Stanstead Abbots

 

Abbots Road bridge

 

Distances - fortunately Welwyn Garden City is a long way past the end of navigation

 

Lea Valley Narrowboat company

 

Approaching Stanstead Lock

 

Swing bridge over Stanstead Lock - rotate away before using lock

 

Countryside near Stanstead Abbots

 

Amwell Marsh bridge leading to the Amwell Quarry Nature Reserve

 

Looking north to bridge 62

 

New wooden bridge connecting with the Amwell Walkway

 

Hardmead Lock

 

Footbridge number 64

 

Riverside at Ware

 

Looking back towards the east - and the Stanstead airport departures

 

West of Ware

 

The Priory at Ware

 

Overhanging trees as the river enters Ware from the West

 

The weir next to Ware Lock

 

Footbridge 67

 

A10 viaduct crosses the river valley

 

Beef cattle feeding alongside the river

 

New Gauge intake house

 

The New River - not new, not a river!

 

Looking back before bridge 69

 

Hertford Lock

 

Looking back from the bridge at Hertford Lock

 

Gas House bridge

 

Mill Road bridge - big boats need to turn before here

 

New wooden bridge across the weir

 

Basin at Hertford

 

The end is in sight - final stretch after Folly bridge

 

End of Navigation - end of this walking route

 

Total distance: 7.01 km (4.4 mi)
Total time: 2:48:14
Moving time: 1:36:45
Average moving speed: 4.35 km/h (2.7 mi/h)
Max elevation: 112 m (368 ft)
Min elevation: 47 m (155 ft)

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