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Lea Valley New River walk

A leisurely walk (riverside) in City of London, England, about 4.90km (3.04 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:15h. It is suitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 8m (26ft)
Descent 8m (26ft)
Max. Elevation 40m (131ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 16m (52ft)
Start & End
Broxbourne Railway Station
Distance 4.90km
Duration ~1:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 21 Nov 2007
An easy but fascinating waterside walking near London. This route follows part of the New River, an artificial waterway dug in the 17th century to supply an ever expanding City of London with fresh drinking water. This is one of Walk London's network of walks: www.walklondon.org.uk. You can get a more detailed route plan on their website. This route sometimes changes, so check for updates of the route: www.walklondon.org.uk/ uploads/File/routes/New_River_Walk.pd

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From the station, take the footpath heading north.
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Where the path turns right, look across the lake. In the warm, summer evenings, between late May and August, you can see bats swooping over the surface of the water in search of insects. This lake is one of the best feeding sites for bats in the Lee Valley.
About 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from
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Dobbs Weir is a favourite spot for fishing. You can picnic, go to the cafe or visit the Fish and Eels Public House, overlooking the weir. From June to August you can look out for the bright blue flash of Banded Demoiselle damselflies.
About 0.79 km (~0.49 miles) from
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Follow the path down to Nazeing Mead, a feeding site for Mediterranean Gulls and Terns.
About 0.87 km (~0.54 miles) from
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The path takes you through the ‘mystical’ living tunnel, a complete contrast to the open view of the lakes at Nazeing Meads.
About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
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A mill had stood on the site for over 900 years, until a massive fire destroyed it in 1949. Look down at the millrace and you will see the restored mill wheel and old machinery. Follow the Lee Valley line markers and finger posts over the Mill Stream and back to Broxbourne station.
About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from

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