Lea River Navigation

Late Summer/Early Autumn. Hannah and I fancied a walk, but without having to leave London. Fortunately, the River Lea Navigation is handy, delightful, and surprisingly rural-feeling for what is essentially an inner city wander. We opted to meet at Tottenham Hale, and wander AWAY from London along the canal. Wait is it a canal? Sure lets go with that.

Lea River Navigation

Lea River Navigation

Lea River Navigation

Lovely house boats everywhere, some with small abodes to match on the bank.

Lea River Navigation

Lea River Navigation

Lea River Navigation

Lea River Navigation

Lea River Navigation

Lea River Navigation

It was late Summer, so fruit was growing wild all along the route. I took home enough blackberries to feed an army. Note to remember to take tupperware if you are walking this route any time after August. There were also lots of plums, apples, pear trees growing wild – sadly none quite ripe at the time we visited. But good to know!

Lea River Navigation

Lea River Navigation

Shhh, we found where the buses go to sleep. The whole walk goes in and out of feeling industrial, rural, back alley murder scene, under the motorway, back to fields again.

Lea River Navigation

Lea River Navigation

Lea River Navigation

You really wouldn’t know that shortly after this scene there is a nice green field with a sign letting you know there are otters nearby would you.

Lea River Navigation

Lea River Navigation

Not featured: We saw a man fishing and he had a HUGE PIKE on his line. A police man was watching him from across the river (/canal) it was all very strange.

The River Lea Navigation goes quite a way, I’ve walked this section from Tottenham Hale to Ponders End, and in the other direction to Stratford. Both a delight. There is a full map here if you need it.

Don’t forget to check out some other Weekend Walks while you’re here.

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