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Bishop's Stortford to Roydon (Stort Navigation)

County/Area - Hertfordshire & Essex

Author - Peter Smyly

Length - 12.0 miles / 19.5 km

Ascent - 100 feet / 30 metres

Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference TL491208
Lat 51.86586 // Long 0.164055
Postcode CM23 5NF (approx. location only)
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Route Outline

In a route-finding sense, this walk could hardly be easier as it almost entirely follows the towing path of a canal along part of the Stort Navigation route. A sign near to Spellbrook Lock sums up the route neatly 'Station to station riverside walk'. The distance is around twelve miles between Bishop's Stortford station in Hertfordshire and Roydon station in Essex. Thirteen canal locks are passed en-route. As well as setting, weather and lighting conditions make a difference as to how you perceive places and most of this walk was done on a bright summer's day though it had clouded over by the time Latton Lock was reached. A reminder of the proximity of the route to road and rail occurs from time to time with trains in particular seen or heard or both. Nearby Stansted Airport also means planes flying overhead occasionally. If you decide not to do the whole route, there are railway stations slightly off route at Sawbridgeworth, Harlow Mill and Harlow Town. Alternatively, if you are feeling more energetic, another couple of miles would complete the whole Stort Navigation route by going as far as Feilde's Weir, but this account describes the route as far as Roydon only.

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