The Lee Navigation – Stanstead lock and Gazebos

The River Lea conitnues to be used by the Lee Navigation as far as Stanstead Lock, after which it returns to its own artificial cut, straight ahead and no bends of course. The locks at Stanstead and Hardmead must be treated with care as they only have gate paddles and can easily throw boats about if the paddles are opened […]

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The Lee Navigation – Kings Weir to Rye House

Immediately after Kings Weir is Wormley, a popular mooring spot. There are good walks in all directions from here, from viewing the spectacular cascade at Kings Weir to the vast expanse of Hoyfield Lake and tracing the old Barge River course. Wormley has some shops and pubs on the far side of the level crossing The section through Broxbourne – […]

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The Lee Navigation – Rammey Marsh to Kings Weir

The 1835 iron bridge at Rammey Marsh Lock. It was closed recently due to structural faults Rammey Marsh is the second of two partially mechanised locks on the navigation. The first was that at Enfield. From here to Hertford the locks are entirely manual. As soon as one passes under the M25 above Rammey Marsh, they are at Waltham Abbey. […]

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Lee Navigation – the old order at Waltham

The Lee Navigation once connected into the actual River Lea for a short distance from a point just above the M25 at Rammey Marsh as far as the Hazlemere marina footbridge. From here one could indeed reach Waltham Abbey along a branch of the River Lea as well as boat upriver towards some wharves to the north of Waltham Bridge […]

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The Lee Navigation – Rammey Marsh and Waltham Abbey

The lock and 1835 iron bridge at Rammey Marsh. This section of the Lee Navigation was the last to be constructed outside of London, and the date on Rammey Marsh bridge gives the date of completion. It replaced the entire river section from Enfield to Waltham Abbey. Rammey Marsh is the second of two partially mechanised locks on the navigation […]

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The Lee Navigation – Brimsdown to Enfield Lock

The noted covered wharf at Brimsdown – the only example left in London on a through waterway. The Lee Navigation (actually as the Enfield Mill Stream/Turkey Brook) gently winds a bit for a change. Its difficult to avoid the industry along the entire length from Ponders End to Enfield – unless one hides the factories behind trees! The winding course […]

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The Lee Navigation – Picketts, Ponders & the Turkey Brook

Picketts Lock looking down the navigation towards Edmonton Picketts Lock is the first of the manual locks on the Lee Navigation – and what a big lock it is! It was improved along with all the others as far as Ponders End to enable barges of up to 130 tons to reach Enfield. Unlike the others, it didnt recieve an […]

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The Lee Navigation – Through Tottenham and Edmonton

The River Lea continues from Springfield Park past moored boats belonging to the local marina and the remnants of industry that gave the navigation some of its work. New housing around Ferry Lane has given the waterway a different chracter. At Tottenham locks the River Lea departs from the navigation into what can only be described as an ugly concrete […]

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The Lee Navigation – Hackney Canal & Springfield

The River Lea leaves the navigation at this point. As one’s boat enters Old Ford locks, technically they are on a canal. This was known sometimes as the Hackney canal (or Hackney Navigation Cut). From here to Hertford its 24 miles – 19 miles of which is actually a canal. Sometimes the navigation has stretches of canal that do take […]

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An introduction to the Lee Navigation (River Lea)

The Lee Navigation was actually built in stages from the 1600’s to the Mid 1800’s, with the main body of the work being undertaken in the 1770’s to build new lengthy canal sections to shorten the route between the Thames and Hertford The River Lea rises near Luton, and for the first part of its course to the Thames, it […]

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