- River Lee Country Park
The River Lee Country Park is located in the
Lee Valley Parkand is managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. Covering convert|1000|acre|ha|abbr=on acres on either side of the River Leabetween Waltham Abbeyand Broxbourne. An area of lakes, watercourses, open spaces and two Sites of Special Scientific Interest(SSSI) linked by footpaths and cycle tracks.
Since the 1930s the area which was originally part of the River Lea
flood plainhas been the centre of the sand and gravel industry, as a result there are many mature gravel pits. Unfortunately some of the lakes were used for land fillpurposes. In a joint effort by the St Albans Sand and Gravel Co Ltd and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authoritythe area has been transformed, with much of the park a Site of Special Scientific Interest(SSSI) [ [http://www.leevalleypark.org.uk/en/content/cms/Leisure/Nature_Reserves___Pa/river_lee_park/river_lee_park.aspx River Lee Country Park] Retrieved May 19 2008]
The park at the Showground site, Highbridge Street A121,
Waltham Crossis the chosen venue for the 2012 Olympicscanoeing events. The site will be known as the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre.
Cornmill StreamFlows fom the Lea at Fishers Greento rejoin the Lea at Waltham Abbey
River Lee Flood Relief Channel(Horsemill Stream)
River Lee Navigation
Small River Lea
The following are some of the larger waters that can be visited in the park. Some of them form the
Turnford and Cheshunt Pits SSSI. [ [http://www.english-nature.org.uk/citation/citation_photo/2000066.pdf Turnford and Cheshunt Pits SSSI] Retrieved September 05 2008]
* Bowyers Water. Believed to be hand dug in the 1920s, and one of the oldest lakes in the Lee Valley.gbmappingsmall|TL3664401519
* Cheshunt Lake. Home of the Herts Young Mariners. gbmappingsmall|TL3682002633 [ [http://www.hymb.com/ Herts Young Mariners] Retrieved
May 23 2008]
* Friday Lake A
* Hall Marsh Scrape. The lake was specifically constructed for the use by
* Holyfield Lake. The lake incorporates part of the River Lee Flood Relief Channel.
* Hooks Marsh Lake The over- wintering bittern can be found here between December and March.
* North Metropolitan. Better known as North Met Pit. Due to the many islands and inlets, the lake has an estimated shoreline of 4 miles. gbmappingsmall|TL3679403257
* Seventy Acres Lake. The bittern and the
ottercan be seen here.
* Turnford Pits
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