Go local for great days out

Explore the Stort Valley with the help of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust...

THE River Stort begins near Clavering in Essex and meanders its way for 24 miles through Bishop’s Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Harlow and Roydon before meeting the River Lee at Feilde’s Weir near Hoddesdon.

The surrounding area is made up of meadows, hedgerows and woodlands and attracts a wonderful variety of wildlife. Various nature reserves dotted along the river provide the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

You can walk the Stort guided by signs on the platforms at Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth railway stations and finger posts along the routes.

Bishop’s Stortford Walk

Distance: 7 miles (11km) Difficulty level: Moderate Accessibility: Stiles, kissing gates, paths through arable fields and railway crossing. Start and finish point: Bishop’s Stortford Railway Station (or Pig Lane for a shorter walk).

This walk takes you past two nature reserves and one country park. It guides you along the River Stort’s towpath, through arable fields and past country houses. The walk can be reduced by starting and finishing at Pig Lane. This will reduce the distance to 3.75 miles (6 km).

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Sawbridgeworth Walk

Distance: 4 miles (6 km) Difficulty level: Low/moderate Accessibility: Two stiles, steps, railway crossing and unpaved towpath. Start and finish point: Sawbridgeworth Railway Station.

This walk will take you through a rural area just north of Sawbridgeworth. It will guide you along the River Stort towpath, through arable land and past some country houses. It will give you a taster of what the countryside is like between the major towns of Bishop’s Stortford and Harlow. The walk should be dry all year round, however some parts may be muddy in the winter months.

For copies of these and two other walks in the Stort, call 01727 858901 for a free leaflet pack.


Nature on your doorstep

If you live in Harlow, Sawbridgeworth, Bishop’s Stortford or Roydon, there is a nature reserve within walking distance of your house. What’s more, Wildlife Trust nature reserves are all free to visit. Take a look at www.stortvalley.org for more information and details of walking routes.