Lee Valley Regional Park is a great place to visit for a day out or weekend away – you’ll discover an abundance of picturesque open spaces, wildlife, historic gardens and family friendly destinations. You’re certain to return home with a smile on your face, feeling great from being active in the great outdoors!
Garden lovers will delight in the atmosphere and peace that the gardens have to offer. Delve into the beauty behind Myddelton House Gardens in Enfield which boasts an impressive range of flora and fauna, a kitchen garden and beautiful carp lake. Once you’ve finished exploring, sit back and relax with a cream tea in the Visitor Centre before exploring the museum where you can discover the story behind Edward Augustus Bowles, one of Britain’s most famous self-taught gardeners and expert botanists. Make a day of it and combine your visit with a trip to Waltham Abbey Gardens, where you can enjoy a stroll around the tranquil Rose Gardens and Orchards and explore the history of the Abbey, reputed to the be the burial place of King Harold after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Stimulate your senses with a gentle walk, cycle or boat ride
River Lee Country Park is a great destination to lose yourself for a few hours – not only is cycling and walking a great way to enjoy the fresh air and keep fit, but an excellent way to explore the 1,000 acre park. Follow one of our many walking or cycling routes, including three Artway routes that make their way around the new sculpture trail in the country park. If you don’t have a bike, don’t worry, you can hire one from Broxbourne Old Mill and Meadows or hire a boat from Lee Valley Boat Centre in Broxbourne and explore the waterways.
River Lee Country Park is brimming with wildlife – famous in the winter for the elusive Bittern or see if you can spot the colbalt blue of the Kingfisher who is common to this area. If you’re visiting in the summer this is the best time to see dragonflies at Cornmill Meadows dragonfly sanctuary.
Rich in heritage and culture too, the old mill at Broxbourne Old Mill Meadows was mentioned in the 1086 Doomsday book. If you’re looking for somewhere to stop for refreshments Fisher’s Green not only offers plenty of birdwatching spots but toilets and a nearby café at Lee Valley Park Farms. Or take a stroll to Lee Valley White Water Centre and enjoy watching the world (or the rafts) go by from The Terrace Bar & Café – open all year round and particularly pleasant on a sunny day as you soak up the atmosphere on the outdoor terrace.
Looking for a hole in one?
We love golf in the Lee Valley, from a traditional 18 hole parkland course and FootGolf Course at Lee Valley Golf Course in Edmonton to Disc Golf in River Lee Country Park. Whichever game you choose, you’re sure to have a fun day out with friends and family unleashing that competitive spirit.
Something for the young ones
For a day out with the whole family that even the little ones will enjoy, a trip to Lee Valley Park Farms will not go a miss. Set in leafy Essex, the children will love meeting the farmyard animals along with their more exotic inhabitants. There’s never a dull moment with a range of fun filled activities running daily, including birds of prey, tractor rides to a working dairy farm and much more. The farm is open every day until 30 October.
Lee Valley Regional Park stretches 26 miles from the banks of the Thames to rural Hertfordshire. There are multiple access points to the park, with the majority offering car parking, toilets and refreshment stops. To find out more and plan your visit go to visitleevalley.org.uk