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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
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Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The River Lee Navigation runs from rural Hertfordshire into the heart of London, and a picturesque and unbroken walking and cycling route runs the entire length of the river.
19th Feb 2018 9:00am onwards
Urgent navigation closure due to an earlier pollution incident. The navigation from Stonebridge Lock to Hertford Union Bottom Lock is closed.
22nd Feb 2018 12:00am to 22nd Feb 2018 11:59pm
A highway authority contractor is to undertake a survey of road bridge 59A (LN-035-004), from a floating pontoon. Advanced warning signage will be present either side of the works to inform boaters.
12th Jan 2018 12:00am to 23rd Feb 2018 11:59pm
Following the winter stoppage 5-12 January. Network Rail Contractor, Volker Fitzpatrick have identified safety concerns requiring additional repair works to off-side abutment.
10th Jan 2018 12:00am to 16th Mar 2018 11:59pm
The Hazelmere Marina development being undertaken by Bellway Homes needs to close a section of towpath to undertake the construction of the replacement facilities building for boaters. To prevent a long...
26th Feb 2018 8:00am to 16th Mar 2018 4:00pm
To carry out leak repairs to the bottom gates. .
Workshops in aromatherapy and natural skincare
Boat Licensing agent at boat club
ESSA is a registered charity and RYA Training Centre for young people to learn to sail in dinghies. We also run paddle sessions in kayaks & canoes. Join us for a taster session & then progress to a youth...
Canoe and cycle hire along with Broxbourne Riverside Chalets. We are in the Lee Valley Park with beautiful cycle routes. We run river trips on the River Lee in canoes and kayaks We hire our cycles and...
From October Hole (756 metres upstream of Bridge 58 Rye House Road) to Folly Bridge 74 (the terminus at Hertford)
River Lee Navigation
Feildes Weir to Bridge 58 Rye House Road
Tumbling Bay Lake, Ware
Lock 17 Tottenham to Lock 12 Rammey Marsh
(1) Offside bank from northern end of Lee & Stort Cruising Club near Lock 4 Stanstead to upstream of Lock 3 Hardmead (2) Amwell Magna River from end of Canal & River Trust ownership to Bridge 64a Ware...
From Bridge 52 Nazeing Road to 300 metres above Bridge 55a Dobbs Weir
(a) From a point 300 metres south of Aqueduct Lock 8 to a point 730 metres above King's Weir (b) Old River Lee Aqueduct Lock House to Canal & River Trust boundary
Bridge 58 Rye House Road to October Hole 756 metres upstream
Bridge 46 Cadmore Lane From a point approx 735 metres downstream (OFFSIDE ONLY) plus Cadmore Lane Gravel Pit
Lock 12 Rammey Marsh to a point 300 metres south of Aqueduct Lock 8
Bow Back Rivers
Limehouse Basin to Lock 17 Tottenham (Limehouse Cut excluding the basin)
The River Lee is a natural river that has been improved for navigation, with straight sections added in to shorten the route. The Lee Valley Park follows much of the river, providing green open spaces, nature reserves, Lee Valley Park Farms and facilities for a variety of sports and watersports.
The 2012 London Olympics has led to a number of projects to improve the Lea Valley waterways for people and nature. A new riverside walkway has been created at the A11 in Bow, the towpath improved for walkers and cyclists and Three Mills House Mill has been restored.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
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The people of the Lea Valley have always called on their local river for many needs: transport, water supply, fishing, flood control, power for mills, and today, pleasure boating.
There is evidence of its use for transport as early as the Bronze Age. The improvements for navigation are among the oldest in the country. In the 17th century, Isaac Walton wrote The Compleat Angler based on his experiences of fishing the river.
The river was improved between Hertford and the River Thames under an Act of 1767. The river was increasingly heavily used as a water supply, but the works encouraged industry - such as small arms manufacture, gunpowder mills and furniture-making. In recent times, the area has become a focus for technological progress, such as computing and TV broadcasting - the first few series of Big Brother were filmed next to the navigation!
The River Stort joins the Lee a few miles below Hertford. Its narrower, more meandering course is of a totally different character. Together, the two rivers comprise over 40 miles of navigable waterways through the valley which since 1967 has been managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.
Read our plans for the 100km of waterways we care for in London