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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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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
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Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
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The quiet River Stort runs past watermills and country houses, mills and maltings, through the pretty Hertfordshire countryside.
19th Feb 2018 12:00am to 19th Feb 2018 11:59pm
A highway authority contractor is to undertake a survey of road bridge (SR-022-002), bridge 52 (SR-022-004) & SR-023-P0050 bridge, from a floating pontoon. Advanced warning signage will be present either...
21st Feb 2018 12:00am to 21st Feb 2018 11:59pm
A highway authority contractor is to undertake a survey of road bridge(SR-015-002),from a floating pontoon. Advanced warning signage will be present either side of the works to inform boaters.
19th Feb 2018 12:00am to 6th Apr 2018 11:59pm
The lift bridge will be closed during working hours 8am-4pm daily and re-openned outside of these hours. Footpath to and from bridge will also be closed during working hours and a diversion route will...
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...
The rural surroundings make this river a haven for nature, with wild flowers growing along the banks and many species of water and wetland birds in the area.
The River Stort is a tributary of the River Lee, which it joins at Hoddesdon, and extends navigation for 14 miles from there to Bishops Stortford. The River Stort's gentle, winding course has remained unaltered by human intervention, unlike the Lee, which has been straightened to improve navigation.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
The River Stort joins the River Lee a few miles below Hertford. The Stort follows a narrower, more meandering course than the Lee and is of a totally different character. Together the two rivers comprise over 40 miles of navigable waterways through a valley that since 1967 has been managed by The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.
The Stort is not as old a navigation as the Lee and the first Act for navigational improvements was passed in the 18th Century. By 1769 parts of the river had been canalised to allow for movement of timber and cereals. Plans were mooted for the construction of a canal to extend the line beyond its terminus at Bishop's Stortford, the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes, and connect with the River Cam near Cambridge - but trade never matched aspirations and the river continued to rely principally on local traffic.
Throughout the latter stages of the 19th Century ownership of the Stort passed through various hands until 1909 when, following damage to works at Roydon, it was offered free to the Lee Conservancy Board. By the end of World War II commercial traffic along the Stort had declined considerably but struggled on until the 1970s before being superseded by holiday and leisure usage.
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