River Stort : Rye House to Harlow Town

A change of river this time, as we head back to Rye House to branch off from the Lea River and head off along the quieter, more meandering and very picturesque River Stort.

Junction of the Lea and Stort rivers near Rye House

 

Feilde's Weir Lock

 

Signpost for the start

The river walk starts at Fielde’s Wier lock – cross the river Lea to the lock keepers cottage then cross over the weir (if open) using the railed bridge and start the walk. If the weir is closed off, head back downstream a little way and use a concrete bridge over the flood relief channel and then turn left and backtrack towards the end of the weir. A gap in the vehicle barrier allows access to the footpath beside the river.

Walkway across the weir - open to public

 

Start of the Stort

 

Lower Lock

 

Hills surround the walk

 

Approaching Brick Lock

 

Brick Lock

 

Brick Lock

 

East of Brick Lock

 

Approaching Roydon Mill Road Bridge

 

Roydon Road bridge and Roydon station

 

Looking back from Roydon Road bridge

 

Low headroom at bridge 7 (rail)

 

Bend in the river between bridges 7 and 7a

 

Roydon Lock

 

Buttercups in Hunsdon Mead

 

Approaching Hunsdon Mill lock

 

Hunsdon Mill lock

 

Bridge 10B is part of the footpath, over a weir

 

Bridge 13 also covers a weir under the footpath

 

Looking down from Cinders bridge

 

Signpost at Cinders bridge

 

Parndon Mill

 

Fancy bridge over weir near Parndon lock

 

Parndon Mill

 

Activity centre climbing frame!

 

Bridge 17 at Burnt Mill lock

 

Burnt Mill lock

 

Looking back from bridge 17

Total distance: 9.14 km (5.7 mi)
Total time: 2:34:58
Moving time: 2:08:30
Average moving speed: 4.27 km/h (2.7 mi/h)
Max elevation: 99 m (326 ft)
Min elevation: 70 m (231 ft)

 

 

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