River Lee

Enjoy a paddle on the River lee launching onto the river at Lee Valley Marsh Lane Car Park where we are running paddling sessions to Ware and Glen Faber lakes on the River Stort depending on the direction you choose to paddle. 
Paddle from Stanstead to Reedings Meadow to Stanstead on a weekend.
Booking in advance essential to ensure we can offer you a paddle 

Trips  that are possible on the River Lee from Dobbs Weir

Explore the Broxbourne Loop on the River Lee

This paddle starts from  Nazeing in Essex and can be completed in under two and a half hours 
Starting at Meadgate Road paddle upstream towards the lock and camp site at Dobbs weir, Dobbs weir itself was a slalom site and has had continual use for British Canoeing Division 5 slaloms up until the development of paddling facilities. Early maps of the area indicate that the area below Dobbs weir was the site of a Public Wharf  for the adventurous there is moving water a little further upstream past the camp site just below the weir, that can offer moving water in the winter but more likely a little ripple of current from below the weir. (Years ago I developed the skill of wave surfing by winding down the weir gates, but alas they are now in a poor condition and chained up !) 

Paddling on the Mill stream. This area has no official right of access and canoeists may well be challenged on this section, however evidence on ancient maps indicates that this would have been the original course of the Rver Lea. There is a small turn on the left with a camp site on the right hand bank. At first it is quiet narrow, but with enough  depth and width with a steady current to push you along. Turn left at the end of the river channel. In the summer the river can be quiet overgrown with duckweed and lilies which can slow your progress, but give the river a pleasing and pleasant look. With no canal boats to churn the water it is usually very clear and you can see fish and other river life, last year on the journey the environment agency worked to capture crayfish from this section with huge numbers entrapped in crayfish nets in a hope to eliminate some of the hundreds of american crayfish that have taken over on this stretch of the river.( did the environment agency place these nets as the Cray fish could have been destined for the dinner plate!)

Canoeing down the river you are never more than 20 metres from the canal, though the vast amount of undergrowth makes it hard to cross from one to the other. The river is often appears partially blocked by fallen trees, but these can be easily be passed in a Canadian canoe.
Eventually you come to a very small caravan site where the river turns away from the navigation through a left and a right turn. Lots of evidence exists that the river here has been paddled for many years.After this stretch we start entering civilisation again with brickwork of the railway arches, a footbridge and a short section of faster flowing ripples under the railway bridges. There is now a small park to get out at on the left, five metres before an overflow channel. This is a vertical drop and after another 30 metres the river flows into the old mill through a metal grating.

The mill was destroyed by fire and all that now remains are walls and the mill wheel which can be seen running at weekends. Head out of your boats here and take a short portage to a slipway just opposite some holiday chalets and toilets, near to Lee valley Canoe and Cycle hire where canoes and kayaks and bicycles can be hired from Dave Webb's shop, just a short distance along the tow path is a cafe which has a wide selection of lunches, snacks and ice creams. You very quickly rejoin the canal, turning left and heading up the navigation. There is a pub on the right which sells drinks and food. Go past the boatyard where narrow boats and day boats can be hired. The Navigation is quite wide here and its a short paddle up to Carthegina Lock. Ice cream are often sold here in the summer. Carry on up past the lock to the rear entrance to Meadgate Road on the right hand side about 100 metres above the lock. Teas coffee, snacks can be purchased at Dobbs weir car Park at the end of the trip.

The  above trip is not on the Rivers and Canals network and is not covered by British Canoeing Licence. 
The Lea Valley Park do not support Canoeists intending to undertake this trip. 

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