From river to woods in Lee Valley Park
PUBLISHED: 16:57 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 08:24 09 October 2012
Linking the Lee Valley Park with Broxbourne Woods, the River to Wood Trail offers walkers a chance to explore a beautiful area of the county
THE River to Wood Trail is a five mile walkers' route linking two of south-east Hertfordshire's popular leisure areas - the Lee Valley Regional Park and Broxbourne Woods. It runs from Dobb's Weir on the River Lee Navigation, through Hoddesdon via Barclay Park to the middle of the Broxbourne Woods National Nature Reserve.
The trail is signed along its length in both directions and most of it runs on public footpaths and bridleways. It has a firm (but not sealed) surface which is designed to make it easily useable throughout most of the year.
The woodlands are collectively designated as Broxbourne Woods SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and a National Nature Reserve. Some of the woodland belongs to the Hatfield Estate, while some - such as Broxbourne Woods itself and Bencroft Wood - now belong to Hertfordshire County Council.
You can park at the LVRP car park opposite the Fish and Eels pub in Dobb's Weir - or at Broxbourne Woods East car park. There is also a small car park just off the route in Barclay Park and another near the route at Martin's Green.
There are railway stations at Broxbourne and Rye House and Hoddesdon town centre is served by a number of bus routes. For more details visit www.intalink.org.uk
There are pubs on or near the route, including at Dobb's Weir, Goose Green or in Hoddesdon town centre, and there is a picnic area at the end of the walk off Pembridge Lane.
The route was devised and created by Hertfordshire County Council with significant government funding via CLG, the Government's Department for Communities and Local Government. Thanks are also due to Broxbourne Borough Council, the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Thames Water and Groundwork Hertfordshire.
For more information, or to obtain a free copy of the leaflet contact Hertfordshire County Council on 01992 555243.
1 Start at the River Lee Navigation at Dobb's Weir and then cross the Essex Road. Several centuries ago, the section of the river from Hertford to London was straightened, widened and deepened so that it could be used by barges and narrow boats.
2 Just east of Hoddesdon, the path crosses the New River - an artificial channel created in the 17th century to supply fresh drinking water from Great Amwell to London. It still serves this purpose and is owned and maintained by Thames Water.
3 The path enters Hoddesdon via Lampits and Riversmead and leads into the High Street. Cross the High Street (there is a pelican crossing at the junction with Charlton Way) then head south before turning right into Taylor's Avenue.
4 Carry on through Barclay Park. This attractive area, which is owned by Broxbourne Borough Council, contains several small lakes, many interesting old trees and areas of grassland, plus the remains of old estate features.
5 Cross the A10 via the subway and then head north-west into Hoddesdon Park Wood (which is owned by the Woodland Trust). This is the first of a series of historic woods, largely composed of 'standard' trees and many low-growing coppiced hornbeams.
6 The path runs along Lord Street very briefly (you can walk on the roadside verge for most of the year). Follow the Trail westwards along the edge of the woods until it turns sharp left into Brambles Wood and Highfield Wood.
7 The main path takes you into Danemead Wood (a nature reserve owned by the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust) and then through Broxbourne Common, before turning right into Pembridge Lane. The Trail ends at the car park and picnic area off Pembridge Lane.
Distance 5 miles
Start Lee Valley Park
End Broxbourne Woods
Parking Available at both ends of the walk
Refreshments Pubs along the way
More information Contact Hertfordshire County Council on 01992 555243