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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