The popular Lee Valley Ice Rink, one time rehearsal venue for Dancing on Ice, is less than 5 miles from the Monument in the city of London; in the far corner of the car park so obscured by the arched rink building you could easily miss it, is the gateway to the Walthamstow Marshes.

This 100 acre oasis located in the London Borough of Waltham Forest was designated by Natural England as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest in 1985 as it is one of the few remaining areas of semi-natural marshland left in London.

The River Lee bobbing with a myriad of brightly painted narrow boats creates a natural border between town and country and boardwalks criss-cross some of the more protected areas offering close-up views of the flora and fauna without impacting on their habitat.

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Elsewhere well trodden grass paths cut through the meadow and marshland, clusters of trees providing secluded spots, perfect for relaxing – we really must remember to pack a picnic next time!

Wildlife at the walthamstow marshes

All that and Herbie loves it here too… the perfect place to while away a few hours, take in the peace and quiet and enjoy the tranquility of this very special and unspoilt part of the city.

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Trains run frequently from London Liverpool Street, the journey takes less than 20 minutes, the Bus takes a little longer but at £1.50 one way is a great way to see the vibrant community of North London on your way. There is also plenty of parking with rates from as little as £1 for a few hours.