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The Lea Valley Walk

Leagrave to the heart of London

Guidebook to the Lea Valley Walk, a 50 mile path from Luton to the Thames. The walk traces the River Lea from Leagrave, near Luton to East India Dock opposite Greenwich where it joins the Thames Path. Features an alternative finish at Limehouse and an optional tour of the Olympic Park. Split into 9 stages, the walk is suitable for all abilities.


The Lea Valley walk can be done at any time of the year.


Leagrave, Luton, Harpenden, Wheathampstead, Hatfield, Hertford, Ware, Broxbourne, Waltham Abbey, Hackney Marshes, east London, Greenwich


None, except general fitness for a mostly flat, low-level, multi-day walk.

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Surprisingly wild Bedfordshire, Waltham Abbey, the industrial landscape through east London, the Thames itself
14 Aug 2015
7 Jan 2021
17.20 x 11.60 x .90cm

A guidebook to the Lea Valley Walk, a 50-mile long-distance path from Luton to the Thames, following the River Lea from its source near Leagrave to East India Dock. The walk offers level, waymarked walking for all abilities and takes around 3–6 days.

The route is presented in nine stages between 2 and 13 kms (1-8 miles) in length with an alternative finish at Limehouse and optional tour of the Olympic Park.  

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each stage
  • The walk offers traffic-free walking passing through Lee Valley Regional Park, Hartfield, Waltham Abbey, and the Olympic Park
  • Railway stations make each stage accessible
  • Detailed information on public transport, refreshments, and accommodation for each route stage
  • Facilities table to help you plan your itinerary  

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Leigh Hatts Cicerone author HATTS

By Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts has been walking the Thames towpath and exploring the river and Docklands since 1981, when he worked on the feasibility study that resulted in the decision to establish the route as a National Trail. He worked as a reporter with the walkers’ magazine TGO and as arts correspondent of the Catholic Herald. He is co-founder of Bankside Press.

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