This months walk explores the transformed, exciting Gunpowder park where people, wildlife and art coexist in a peaceful environment. An ex-MOD site Gunpowder Par was closed to the public for over 100 years and was shrouded in mystery for many years. Secret Testing went on behind security fences until the Lee Valley Park converted the site into a public space.
Walkers love this area due to the network of all-weather paths and this will be a winter walk that is easy to complete in a rural and farmland setting. The Field Station with its grass roof reflects the Park's industrial heritage. Land forms demonstrate the history of the site and merge with art in the park.
The Walk will also take you down to and around Sewardstone Marsh taking in one of the last remaining bits of wet woodland in the valley. The site is also excellent for Wildlife. You might see Yellowhammers in the hedgerows or winter Thrushes such as Redwing and Fieldfare. Look out for Owl boxes as you go around and information on the night time creatures.
> The length of this walk is 6.2km (3.8 miles) and can take between 2 to 3 hours
> Part of this walk is along unsurfaced footpaths and is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.
> The meeting point for this walk is Gunpowder Park car park off the Sewardstone Road just off the south of Waltham Abbey.
> The Grid Reference. TQ 38557 99378
> Car park charges apply
> Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead
> Wear suitable clothing and footwear for the walk.
> Please bring water and snacks to keep you energised
> Bring some binoculars to really see the beauty and wildlife around you.