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Nick Tig Barber
London, UK1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Solo
Why is the River Walk in Ware closed between Amwell End and the Library Car Park.When will this Lovely stretch of River be open again to the Public ?
Written December 4, 2019
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shane😁😁
Northamptonshire, UK13,066 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
After a spot of shopping we had a wander along the River Lea in Ware.
The river originates a few hundred metres from where I use to live in Luton and continues its trail for over 40 miles to the River Thames in the capital.
Today I walked a short part of it at the Ware Weir/Ware lock section,more for a photo opportunity and a leg stretch.
The short part I took was flat and several canal boats frequented the area.
Ware itself is a pretty little town and worth a visit.....this river certainly adds to the charm.
Visited 25th February 2018.
Written February 25, 2018
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Peter F
Ryomgaard, Denmark102 contributions
Jul 2018
If you are in the center of Ware it is really recommended to take a nce walk along the River Lea which is famous for the gazeboz overlooking the area. If you are lucky you might see a houseboat pass through the lock.
Written August 3, 2018
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Colonel_JB_Ormsby
Hertford, UK124 contributions
Jul 2019
it was my intention to ride my mobility scooter along the towpath from Amwell End to the Bridge over the River at the Library Car Park to avoid the busy High Street - but a bridge over what looked like a barge dock was closed so my planned route was impassible.
Written September 5, 2019
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Jane C
Ware, UK18 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
I live right next to the River Lea and have lived in Ware all my life more or less. The tow path walk is lovely, any time of the year. You can walk pretty much non stop right in to London if you wanted to, but just from Hertford to Ware or along to Great Amwell is perfect for a family walk out. There are plenty of benches along the way. When you get to Ware or Hertford you can pop over a bridge and go in to town and enjoy many of the places to eat and drink. The Saracens Head Pub and the Waterside Inn have outside areas that over look the river. There is plenty of wildlife and if you carry on towards Amwell there are nature reserves & bird watching amongst other things. There are many safe places along the way for children to do a bit of net fishing, which is great fun. There is also a water bus service through the summer that goes from Ware to Hertford and back again. I think you may have to book this but its good fun if walking is not your thing. When you reach Hertford there is Hartham Common, a great area for picnics, a children's playground and plenty of room to kick a ball about.All in all the River Lea tow path walk is hard to beat for free family fun.
Written August 9, 2017
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Paul R
Epping, UK1,164 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
Starting at Dobbs Weir and heading north towards Welwyn through Ware it is obviously going to be flat, as its a tow path, but it is well maintained with lots of points of interest as you pedal along it.
The narrow boat owners are most friendly and will always give you a cheery good morning and a wave.
There is host of watering holes and eateries at almost every intersection and the pedal through Hertford and along the old railway line, that is up hill, towards Cole Green is the most challenging part of the day.
For anybody starting out on a MTB adventure you couldn't ask for anything more.
Written January 26, 2017
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Jackie Ann Morris
Hertfordshire, UK142 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
I regularly walk from Ware or Hertford along the river to Stanstead Abbotts, it is such a beautiful walk with much to see.
Enjoy passing by the narrowboats and other pleasure craft chugging along the tranquil waters. Take some bread to feed the ducks and swans along the way and maybe stop at the at one of the pubs along the way for lunch.
The amazing old gazebos on the river at Ware are so very quaint. How lucky I feel to live in such a pretty part of the county.
Written November 25, 2013
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pauline s
Luton, UK13 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
went for a walk along the river, lovely, walked to the town centre.Liked to see nature. there was some canal boats too. Interesting to see back views of where people live and the old brewery oast houses... a little history.
Written January 25, 2013
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Cliff S
Ware, Herts, U.K11 contributions
Aug 2011 • Family
The Lea...Rising in Luton (Bedfordshire) from a spring below a multi story tower block rises in a most unmaidenly fashion...where she starts to flow is no more than a trickling brook which has rubbish of all descriptions deposited within it.
Within 10 miles of her source she starts to take on grace and like a teenager starts to show flair and promise for when she becomes a big girl as by now she is meandering through the h
Hertfordshire country side an oxbow here, the gentlest of rippling flows there and where she narrows in places...she can become a torrid stern mistress...Harpenden, Welwyn down towards Hertford gathering pace and capacity thr'o the constant additions from her many tributaries...
Hertford..County town of Hertfordshire is the first place where she becomes navigatable and comes under the protection of the Lea Valley park...she is now accompanied most of the way to her destination The River Thames some 30 miles further downstream...From Hertford onwards her flow is constantly checked by Englands well known lock systems and once one leaves the weir basin...the first lock comes into view some 1000 metres up ahead..not that you notice3 the meterage as you peruse the sights on the far banks...cottages with their quaint gardens and narrow boats and converted barges tied in their moorings for at least 700 hundred meters of this part of the journey.

Onwards towards Ware..This stretch of the Lea is considered by most to be the most beautiful section of the river...and certainly the highlight of my review...being fortunate to have been born and bred locally I have fallen in love with this wonderfull old lady many times in my life...Neothandical man settled here, The Vikings were here, The Saxons were here and Alfred the Great stopped the Danes in their tracks here by building a wier across the river at Ware....and it is reputted that this is where and how Ware got its name.
After being joined by the River Mimram and River Rib she really becomes a gracefull old lady as she gently meanders across the Meads at Ware and yealding some of here precious water to the New River (Built Circa 1780's) she continues onwards and downwards thro the heart of the Lea Valley as she flows thro ware, her flow is checked again ...firstly by a wier system and flood alleviation scheme and then by Priory Street Lock...after which she flows gently past Ware Priory then past the famous gazebo's of Ware..then under the bridge towards Crane mead and out of ware onwards towards Stanstead abbots, Waltham Abbey and eventually to here solo journeys end.
Written July 3, 2012
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Emmie X
Harlow, UK117 contributions
Great peaceful walk, nice to take in the scenery and wildlife.
Written June 7, 2012
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