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Walk #52: Enfield Lock to Harlow Town


E07	Bridge just south of Enfield Lock on the Lea Valley Walk.
E09	The junction of the River Lea and Stort Navigations at Fieldes Weir Lock.
E07 Bridge just south of Enfield Lock on the Lea Valley Walk.
E09 The junction of the River Lea and Stort Navigations at Fieldes Weir Lock.

General Data

Date Walked 23/10/1999
County London, Hertfordshire, Essex
Start Location Enfield Lock station
End Location Harlow Town
Start time 10.21
End time 16.06
Distance 12.6 miles
Description A nice walk along The River Lea and Stort navigations.
Pack Pennine Way kit minus sleeping bag.
Condition My legs, back and shoulders are all fine, and my feet are reasonable. I have a couple of very small blisters, nothing anywhere near as bad as the ones that I had last week.
Weather Today was a mixture of sunshine and showers, with the emphasis very much on the latter. I did not get too wet, and the rain as light enough that I only had my coat on for the last hour, and even then it was quite invigorating.
OS map Landranger number 166 (Luton & Hertford, Hitchin & St Albans) and Landranger number 167 (Chelmsford, Harlow & Bishop's Stortford)


E10	An attractive section of the Stort Canal approaching Harlow.
E10 An attractive section of the Stort Canal approaching Harlow.

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


More canal walking saw me progress further north. Easy going, and the overhad power cables that slightly blighted he walk from Mile End soon vanished. The section along the River Stort in particular was quite rural.

A boater I met on the Stort told me that there was once a plan for the canal to be extended from Bishop's Stortford to the Cam near Cambridge. It is a shame that this was never done, as it would have made the walk from Bishop's Stortford to Cambridge much easier.


This walk is incredibly easy to navigate - you just follow the River Lea Navigation walk up to Feildes Weir Lock and then head north-eastwards along the River Stort Navigation. Immediately adjacent to Burnt Mill Lock is Harlow Town station, although you have an annoying ten minute walk to get from the lock to the station entrance.

There are some fairly details maps of the Canals featured in this walk on the British Waterways website at the British Waterways website. Also look at Jim Shead's canal pages for more details of this canal.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Enfield Lock Canal junction 8.1 69 43
Canal junction Harlow Town 4.5 95 49

This makes a total distance of 12.6 miles, with 164 feet of ascent and 92 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #52
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This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk

Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
51Mile End to Enfield Lock12.7
53Harlow Town to Bishop's Stortford9.8
615Harlow to Edmonton via Epping Forest19.4

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