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“The Life blood of the forgotten county”
Review of River Lea

River Lea
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Ware
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

The Lea...Rising in Luton (Bedfordshire) from a spring below a multi story tower block rises in a most unmaidenly fashion...where she starts to flow is no more than a trickling brook which has rubbish of all descriptions deposited within it.
Within 10 miles of her source she starts to take on grace and like a teenager starts to show flair and promise for when she becomes a big girl as by now she is meandering through the h
Hertfordshire country side an oxbow here, the gentlest of rippling flows there and where she narrows in places...she can become a torrid stern mistress...Harpenden, Welwyn down towards Hertford gathering pace and capacity thr'o the constant additions from her many tributaries...
Hertford..County town of Hertfordshire is the first place where she becomes navigatable and comes under the protection of the Lea Valley park...she is now accompanied most of the way to her destination The River Thames some 30 miles further downstream...From Hertford onwards her flow is constantly checked by Englands well known lock systems and once one leaves the weir basin...the first lock comes into view some 1000 metres up ahead..not that you notice3 the meterage as you peruse the sights on the far banks...cottages with their quaint gardens and narrow boats and converted barges tied in their moorings for at least 700 hundred meters of this part of the journey.

Onwards towards Ware..This stretch of the Lea is considered by most to be the most beautiful section of the river...and certainly the highlight of my review...being fortunate to have been born and bred locally I have fallen in love with this wonderfull old lady many times in my life...Neothandical man settled here, The Vikings were here, The Saxons were here and Alfred the Great stopped the Danes in their tracks here by building a wier across the river at Ware....and it is reputted that this is where and how Ware got its name.
After being joined by the River Mimram and River Rib she really becomes a gracefull old lady as she gently meanders across the Meads at Ware and yealding some of here precious water to the New River (Built Circa 1780's) she continues onwards and downwards thro the heart of the Lea Valley as she flows thro ware, her flow is checked again ...firstly by a wier system and flood alleviation scheme and then by Priory Street Lock...after which she flows gently past Ware Priory then past the famous gazebo's of Ware..then under the bridge towards Crane mead and out of ware onwards towards Stanstead abbots, Waltham Abbey and eventually to here solo journeys end.

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Reviewed 7 June 2012

Great peaceful walk, nice to take in the scenery and wildlife.

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Beautiful walk - very peaceful - plenty of wildlife

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Reviewed 20 April 2012

The Lea stretches from Leagrave in Luton all the way to Limehouse in Londons East end!

Don't let that put you off though, as in the middle, you have Hertford, Ware and the surrounding countryside.

This lovely riverside walk varies so much, you could be in France, The Norfolk Broads, An English Village, or Industrial London!

Lots of places to go to, Things to see and do, and Great Pubs along the route, this really is worth buying a Dog for!

Don't forget, you don't have to stick to the Towpath, there's lots of stuff to see away from the River.

Parking en-route is plentiful, in outer areas of Hertford, Ware, Stanstead Abbots, and so on, and the Railway runs alongside for miles!


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Reviewed 22 January 2012

pleasant level walk along river lea with interesting scenery

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