The River Lee Navigation in England Limehouse Cut to Ponders End.

Features of the 28 mile long River Lee Navigation which goes from London's East End near Limehouse Basin to Hertford.

As it's name suggest The River Lee Navigation is navigable for narrowboats and small craft from London's East End through to the centre of Hertford by the weirs at Hertford Town Mill Bridge. At Hackney there are several routes available for onward progress. The short Hertford Union Canal (see below) heads off right to meet up with the Regents Canal by Old Ford Road Bridge - from there following the Regents Canal towpath into West London gives a connection to the Paddington Canal Arm and then the Grand Union Canal or the River Thames at Kew. Carry on further south on the Lea and at Bow, where Abbey Creek joins, boats can take the Limehouse Cut down into Limehouse Basin and again connect with The Regents Canal or go on the few 100 metres to reach The Thames. Also at Bow The River Lee ceases to be fully navigable all the time as it becomes affected by the tides i.e. unuseable during low tides.
Apart from narrowboat and leisure boat access on the waterway, the banks and towpath of the River Lee Navigation are used extensively by walkers, cyclists and fishermen - the river's tow path is generally quite wide and well surfaced. There are 19 locks on the River Lee Navigation with double locks available at the river London end.
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The start of Limehouse Cut in London, England.
Limehouse Cut start
Limehouse Cut Bridge, Southern England.
Limehouse Cut
Bridge
Bow Lock footbridge, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Bow Lock footbridge
Bow Lock, The River Lee Navigation, England.
Bow Lock
Gas Works Bridge, The River Lee Navigation, England.
Gas Works Bridge
The Mill House, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
The Mill House
The Mill House looking beautiful, The River Lee Navigation.
The Mill House
Three Mill Lane Bridge, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Three Mill Lane Bridge
Lee Navigation at Bromley, Southern England.
Lee Navigation Bromley
Northern Outfall Sewer Bridge, The River Lee Navigation.
North Outfall Sewer Bridge
Old Ford Lock warehouses, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Old Ford Lock warehouses
Old Ford Lock gates, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Old Ford Lock gates
Old Ford Lock, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Old Ford Lock
Old Ford Lock looking quite green, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Old Ford Lock
Junction for the Hertford Union Canal and the Lee Navigation
Hertford Union + Lee Jnc
Hertford Union Canal Bottom Lock 1, London.
Hertford Union Bottom Lock

The short Hertford Union Canal which is often now called Ducketts Canal, London.

This short canal was also known as the Sir George Duckett's Canal (who was responsible for it's construction in the 1830s) and as the Lea Union. The canal has just three locks, is around 2200 yards long and was intended to provide a commercial link from the Stort Navigation via the Lea Navigation to the Regents Canal. The Hertford Union Canal was not successfull commercially and closed and sealed in 1848 but subsequently re-opened by new owners in 1857.
Hertford Union Canal Middle Lockgates
Hertford Union Middle Lock
Parnell Roadbridge, Hertford Union Canal.
Parnell Roadbridge
Hertford Union Canal Toplock, London.
Hertford Union Toplock
Three Colts Bridge, Hertford Union Canal, Londn.
Three Colts Bridge
The Hertford Union Canal in London, England.
Hertford Union Canal
Hertford Union Canal meets the Regents Canal in London.
Hertford Union Regents end
Victoria Park 1862, London.
Victoria Park 1862
The beautiful Victoria Park Lake in London.
Victoria Park Lake
Victoria Park Lakes, London, England.
Victoria Park
Victoria Park with it's beautiful trees around the lake, London.
Victoria Park
Bridge 11 and Pipe, The River Lee Navigation, England..
Bridge 11 and Pipe
Lee Navigation at Hackney Wick, England.
Hackney Wick
Cable Bridge, The River Lee Navigation, England.
Cable Bridge
Pond Lane Bridge, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Pond Lane Bridge
Lea Bridge weir, The River Lee Navigation, England.
Lea Bridge weir
Clapton railway bridge, The River Lee Navigation, England.
Clapton railway bridge

Markfield Beam Engine House next to The River Lee, South Tottenham, London, England.

The Grade II listed Beam Engine and Engine House are open on two Sundays each month during the Spring and Summer and just one Sunday a month during Autumn and Winter - however they do hold steam days on some Bank Holidays. For up to date opening times take a look at their website.
Markfield Beam Engine House alongside The River Lee Navigation, England.
Markfield Beam
Engine House
Grade II listed Markfield Beam Engine close to The River Lee in England.
Markfield Beam Engine
Markfield Beam Engine flywheel, South Tottenham, Southern England.
Markfield Beam
Engine flywheel
Beautifully restored Markfield Beam Engine flywheel.
Markfield Beam Engine
Lee Navigation: Tottenham Lock side bridge
Tottenham Lock
Bridge 24 - Lee Navigation
Bridge 24
Tottenham Lock 17, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Tottenham Lock 17
Double Lock - Tottenham Lock 17, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Tottenham Lock 17
Lee Navigation Pipebridge
Pipe Bridge
The bridge at Stonebridge Lock, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Stonebridge Lock
Stonebridge Lock 16, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Stonebridge
Lock 16
Lee Navigation: Stonebridge double lock
Stonebridge double lock
Lee Navigation and a nice green pipebridge
green pipebridge
Rusty old Lee Navigation pipebridge
Rusty pipebridge
Chalk Bridge 27, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Chalk Bridge 27
Lee Navigation: Edmonton Wharf
Edmonton Wharf
From Walthamstow Marshes to Edmonton the River Lee Navigation is accompanied by built up areas and factories on it's left and quite a few small reservoirs on it's right. Just after Edmonton The Lee has on it's right huge embankments containing the massive King George's Reservoir and then the William Girling Reservoir. The reservoirs are fenced but there are gates from time to time which all seemed to be locked so presumably public access to these reservoirs is not normally allowed.
Edmonton Wharf lovely old warehouse building, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Edmonton Wharf
old warehouse building
Bridge 28 on the River Lee Navigation
Bridge 28
Lee Navigation: Bridge 28a
Bridge 28a
Pipebridge and cable bridge on the Lee Navigation
A cable-carrying
bridge andpipebridge
Lee Navigation amd Bridge 30
Bridge 30
Pickett's Lock 15 - Lee Navigation, England
Pickett's Lock
Lee Navigation - a cable carrying bridge
cable bridge
Sidebridge 31a - Lee Navigation
Sidebridge 31a
One of the old bridge numbering signs on the River Lee Navigation
Old bridge signs
Ponders End Footbridge (32), The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Ponders End Footbridge (32)
Lee Navigation: Ponder's End river siding
Ponder's End siding
Ponder's End Bridge no 33, River Lee Navigation
Ponder's End Bridge
River Lea Navigation - Bridge 34
Bridge 34
Ponder's End Lock 14 (double lock), The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Ponder's End Lock
Lock Gates at Ponders End Lock 14, The River Lee Navigation, Southern England.
Lock Gates
The River Lee Navigation and Bridge 35
Bridge 35

The next part of the River Lee is described in our The River Lee: Enfield, Ramney Marsh, Waltham to Dobbs Weir and the final section is on our River Lee route from Rye House Gatehouse via Ware to Hertford.

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