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My Hike across the River Lee Country Park

Sign for River Lee Country Park
River Lee Country Park, UK

River Lee Country Park is Located in the Lee Valley Park and managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

It’s quite a big park covering over 1,000 acres on either side of the River Lee Navigation between Broxbourne and Waltham Abbey.

I passed a few big lakes teaming with wildlife, some watercourses and open spaces as well as hiking the River Lee itself full to the brim of canal boats.

Much of the park here is of special scientific interest and almost everything is linked by footpaths and cycle tracks. The area isn’t just important for birds the network of waterways is a haven to some of the most endangered mammals like the Otters and Water Voles.

I recommend this park particularly to bird watchers as the whole park is teaming with them everywhere. In fact every winter the Lee Valley Regional Park supports over 10,000 water birds as an inland wintering area. There’s also amazing wildlife and birds to see throughout the year including the rare otters which disappeared from Lee Valley in the 1970’s and have now made a come back. I didn’t get the opportunity to see any otters nor water voles this time but maybe I’ll be back!

Following the Trail I saw Swans and Geese with their little babies, Kingfishers, Seagulls, lots of Dragonflies, Herons, Warblers etc. See below some of the photos I snapped.

a bee sitting on a purple flower with most of the image featuring green leaves
A white tailed bumble bee