Extra Walk 311 – Cheshunt to Broxbourne, via Waltham Abbey
Length: 17 km (10.6 miles), with the option of a shorter circular walk. Toughness: 2/10 10:28
Cambridge train from Liverpool Street
(Tottenham Hale 10:40), arriving Cheshunt
. You can use Oyster PAYG or contactless at Cheshunt and Broxbourne but both these stations are outside the main TfL fare zones. You might well find that a simple return to Broxbourne
There are trains back from Broxbourne
at xx:16 & xx:47 to Liverpool Street, and xx:25 & xx:55 to Stratford. All trains call at Cheshunt
(4 minutes later) and Tottenham Hale.
A preliminary version of this walk had its début in February, so apologies to Sunday walkers for an early repeat. As much of it is on surfaced paths through River Lee Country Park
it will doubtless get pigeon-holed as a winter walk, so this might be your best chance to see what the area looks like with leaves on the trees, orchids flowering in woodland glades and dragonflies flitting around the ponds.
Lunch is in the town of Waltham Abbey
, which boasts a particularly fine Norman church: much smaller than in its heyday as an Augustinian Abbey, but well worth a look. There are plenty of possible watering-holes and two of the pubs are suggested – one in the western hemisphere, the other in the eastern. On the return route it's worth popping into the Terrace Bar & Café
in the Lee Valley White Water Centre
, either for some mid-afternoon refreshment or simply to watch the spectacle.
The route goes back past Cheshunt station so you could simply call it a day and complete an 11½ km Short Circular Walk
. The full walk continues northwards through a less-frequented section of the Country Park to Broxbourne, with the reward of a nice riverside café (or pub) before the journey back.
You'll need to bring the directions from the Cheshunt to Broxbourne walk