To mark its 50th anniversary, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority will host 50 free, leisurely walks through the 26 mile long Regional Park in 2017, inviting visitors to explore and enjoy the vibrant green, open spaces found across London, Essex and Hertfordshire.
Led by Lee Valley’s Ranger Team and a group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers, the guided walks will take place on weekends throughout the year, welcoming young and old, and friends and family to appreciate the park. The first of the 50 walks took place on New Year’s Day.
There are three additional walks later this month: Visitors can choose from the ‘Three Mills to the Olympic Park Loop’ on 15 January, taking in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. On 22 January, the ‘Dobbs Weir and Glen Faba’ session departs from Dobbs Weir car park, inviting walkers to the peaceful lakeside location whilst the ‘Gunpowder Park, Swan & Pike Pool and Enfield Island’ walk takes place on 29 January.
Participants do not need to book or register in advance for a walk – they simply need to arrive at a session’s meeting point prior to the scheduled departure time.
The year-long anniversary walks programme includes routes in the north and south of the 26 mile, 10,000 acre park, providing walkers with the unique opportunity to roam amongst nature and wildlife, soaking up the history of heritage sites such as Rye House Gatehouse and Three Mills and ramble through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.
Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive at Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said: “This is the perfect way to mark the park’s golden anniversary and share the best of the region with visitors. Walking is a simple rewarding activity for everyone, regardless of their age, fitness or where they live – best of all our commemorative walks are free, allowing anyone to join our guides on the weekend sessions.
“The Lee Valley Regional Park has been created over the past 50 years ago for the people of London, to provide those in the region with opportunities to pursue and enjoy sport and leisure activities in a wonderful 10,000 acre green space.”
For more information about Lee Valley’s 50th Anniversary walks, head to visitleevalley.org.uk/whatson or call 03000 030 610 for more information.