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Walk 36: Lea Valley Loop

Walking along the River Lea

4.4 miles (7 km)


The bridleway between points 3 and 4 Image copyright of Hertfordshire Walker Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The bridleway between points 3 and 4
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A pleasant circular that includes parts of several other walks on this site. It starts and ends at The Candlestick, West End, and includes a stretch of a bridleway along the Lea Valley before returning via the outskirts of Essendon.

Map for Walk 36: Lea Valley Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors Note: There is a larger, more detailed map embedded at the end of these directions
Map for Walk 36: Lea Valley Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

Note: There is a larger, more detailed map embedded at the end of these directions

Directions


1: Turn right out of The Candlestick car park and take the lane on your left heading west. Continue along this lane until you reach the end.

2: Turn right and take the footpath (Essendon footpath 11) heading north. This footpath eventually ends at a gate with a step stile. You continue north down to road (still Essendon footpath 11 which becomes Hatfield footpath 96) until you reach the River Lea.

The River Lea between points 3 and 4 Image copyright of Hertfordshire Walker Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The River Lea between points 3 and 4
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Released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0


3: At the point where the road bends to your left and heads west, turn right and head east along a bridleway (Essendon bridleway 6) that runs along the south side of the River Lea. Continue along this bridleway until you come out at a bend on the B158.

4: Turn right, cross the road and walk up the pavement alongside the B158 (Essendon Hill) until you reach the 30 mph speed limit sign on the outskirts of Essendon.

5: Here you take the footpath on your right (Essendon footpath 5) which heads diagonally south-west across the field. Head for a point to the right of the last house and you will emerge on West End Lane.

6: Turn left on West End Lane and walk a short distance looking out for a footpath on your right. Turn right on this footpath (Essendon footpath 17 and follow it as it goes west and south of the church, through a gate and then continues south-west below Essendon Cricket Club.

7: When you reach the woodland turn right and follow the footpath (Essendon footpath 13) south-west through the woodland and down the hill to a wooden bridge.

8: Cross the bridge and climb the hill until you reach the BOAT (byway open to all traffic)

9: Turn left on the BOAT (Essendon BOAT 14) a short distance and then turn right on Essendon footpath 13 which takes you back to The Candlestick.


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