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Walk #53: Harlow Town to Bishop's Stortford


E13	On the way north to Bishop's Stortford.
E14	South Mill Lock near Bishop's Stortford.
E13 On the way north to Bishop's Stortford.
E14 South Mill Lock near Bishop's Stortford.

General Data

Date Walked 25/10/1999
County Hertfordshire, Essex
Start Location Harlow Town
End Location Bishop's Stortford
Start time 11.08
End time 15.00
Distance 9.8 miles
Description This was a pleasant walk along another section of the Stort Navigation.
Pack Today I carried full Pennine Way kit.
Condition I feel okay after this walk. My feet are still a bit sore with the blisters from Saturday's walk. My legs are also quite fatigued, but aside from these minor niggles I am otherwise okay.
Weather Today was a mixture of sunshine and cloud. There was not a hint of any rain, and it was quite warm for the time of year. All in all it was lovely walking weather.
OS map Landranger number 167 (Chelmsford, Harlow & Bishop's Stortford)

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.


Another nice walk along the Stort Navigation in lovely weather. For the first time since leaving London on this stretch there was (shock, horror) some mud, and after the heavy rain of the last couple of days some places were quite slippery. This stretch of the path has some fairly scenic sections, or at least sections that appear scenic after the preceding sections.


From Harlow Town Station make your way to Burnt Mill Lock on the Stort Navigation by turning right out of the station, heading up a slight hill and then right and across the railway by a large road bridge. Turn down the first road to the right and you get to the Lock and canal.

Follow the canal to the north, along some fairly attractive paths. Navigation is not really a problem; however the path does swap from bank to bank fairly regularly so it is best to ensure that you are on the right side of the canal at each lock.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Harlow Town Bishop's Stortford 9.8 164 98

This makes a total distance of 9.8 miles, with 164 feet of ascent and 98 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #53
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This walk was mentioned in the following routes:
My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk

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