Lea Valley 3: Tottenham Hale to Lea Bridge
Adapted from TfL's Lea Valley Walk
Section start: Tottenham Locks, Ferry Lane.
Section finish: Towpath at end of Southwold Road opposite Lee Valley Ice Centre.
Section distance: 2 miles (3.2 kilometres).
Section three starts at Tottenham Hale and finishes at Lea Bridge, a distance of two miles. Alternatively you can continue on to section four to Bromley-by-Bow.
This short walk is alongside the River Lea, so watch out for water birds and other wildlife, particularly around Walthamstow Marshes Nature Reserve. There are picnic places along the way and refreshments at Springfield Park.
Places of interest along this section are the Markfield Beam Engine, Springfield Park and the Walthamstow Marsh Nature Reserve.
National Rail services are available at Clapton station, just a short 5 minute walk from Lea Bridge.
From Tottenham Hale station, turn left out of the station onto Ferry Lane. Continue up the hill and straight on. Cross Mill Mead Road towards Tottenham Locks.
At Tottenham Lock turn right down the slope to start on the towpath of the River Lee Navigation. Note that the ramp is cobbled so might not be accessible to all.
2 Continue south, passing under the first of two railway lines, where the Lee Navigation joins the River Lea again. Just after passing under the second railway bridge the Walk passes Markfield Park. Enter the park to find the Markfield Beam Engine and Museum (GTL00353). This remarkable engine was built by Wood Brothers, of Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, and was commissioned on the 12 July 1888. The engine can be viewed on selected Sundays throughout the year.
Return to the towpath keeping the river on the left, you pass the last great reservoir (Warwick West), and come next to Springfield Park and Marina. There is a cafe in the park. Springfield Park was created in 1905 from the grounds of three 19th-century houses. The climb to the top of the hill, created by deposits from the Ice Age, gives great views of London.
Cross over the Horse Shoe Bridge, opposite the park tennis courts, into Walthamstow Marshes. Walthamstow Marsh Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to water voles, Dotted Fanfoot moth, and Webb's Wainscot moth.
Although only six miles from Piccadilly Circus, the reserve is a rare remnant of ancient marshland that has never been ploughed.
3 Follow the bend in the river, keeping the river to the right. Continue under the railway arches in the middle of the marsh, towards the Lee Valley Ice Centre, crossing back over the river by the footbridge just before the Ice Centre. This section of the walk finishes here.
Clapton station can be reached by taking the path to the right along the edge of Millfields Park (North) and walking along Southwold Road. Turn left onto Upper Clapton Road to reach the station.
To continue to section four, follow the towpath south under Lea Bridge Road.
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