The Lea Valley Walk
Leagrave to the heart of London
By Leigh Hatts
Guidebook to the Lea Valley Walk, a 53 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.
SeasonsThe Lea Valley walk can be done at any time of the year.
CentresLeagrave, Luton, Harpenden, Wheathampstead, Hatfield, Hertford, Ware, Broxbourne, Waltham Abbey, Hackney Marshes, east London, Greenwich
DifficultyNone, except general fitness for a mostly flat, low-level, multi-day walk.
Must SeeSurprisingly wild Bedfordshire, Waltham Abbey, the industrial landscape through east London, the Thames itself
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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.View author profile
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