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    Spotlight on the Lee Valley Country Park

    Here at Roydon Marina Village, we’re lucky enough to be based in the stunning Lee Valley Regional Park – an award-winning “green lung” for London, Essex and Hertfordshire. Situated right next to secluded 32 acre lake, and directly connected to the gentle, winding course of the River Stort which is a haven for nature with banks covered in wildflowers and plenty of waterbirds to spot. We provide a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby London.

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    The Park itself is 26 miles long and spans 10,000 acres, and has an exciting mix of green spaces, world class sports venues and ecologically vital wildlife havens. It is also Greater London’s largest park, more than four times the size of Richmond Park and extends beyond Greater London's borders into the neighbouring counties of Hertfordshire and Essex.

    Several watercourses run through and it has a complex of lakes in former gravel pits, a network of surfaced paths and picnic areas, and several hides. Some of the lakes are used for angling or water sports, our closest of which being Glen Faba, which is stocked with Carp of up to 45lbs! It’s a wilder, less visited area within the Park and with the perfect mix of water, grassland, reedbeds and woods it creates an ideal habitat for all kinds of wildlife such as Gadwall, Cormorants and Reed Bunting. Some of these gravel beds are also managed for wildlife and are busy with swans, ducks and grebes, making them a tremendous place to visit if you have a passion for spotting many of our lovely native birds. These gravel beds were left behind by retreating ice at the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago, and coupled with the massive extraction that took place in the 1920s this has created a huge complex of lakes and marshes.


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    If you’re looking for a slightly faster pace you’ll be excited to discover the Lee Valley White Water Centre is only a twenty minute drive away. This London 2012 Olympic venue has everything from laid back family paddling to white water rafting on the Olympic course and while not open at the moment, experiences are available to book in April – perfect timing for those sunnier spring days!

    On land you might be interested in the Lee Valley VeloPark, with choices of racing round the iconic velodrome, riding the berms of the BMX track and tackling the mountain bike trails there’s a choice of biking for everyone – even sessions for your little ones to learn! And if you prefer exploring the countryside on two wheels there’s a plethora of bike paths to enjoy right from the marina.

    Plus if you have a fan of dinosaurs in the family you'll be more than pleased to know that we have Rye-assic Adventure Park right on our doorstep, with dinosaur-themed activities from bowling to mini golf, indoor and outdoor play areas and trampolines

    If all this has piqued your interest find out a little more by heading to the Lee Valley Regional Park website, where you’ll be able to keep up to date with what’s on each month!

    Sport, Leisure & Open Spaces | Lee Valley Regional Park | England (visitleevalley.org.uk)

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