Come rain or shine, kids love to be outdoors. As Lee Valley Regional Park Authority continues to mark its 50th anniversary this summer, they’re offering a range of free guided walks that are giving everyone an excuse to get out in the fresh air.

The slow-pace walks welcome visitors of all ages to explore and enjoy the vibrant open spaces of the Lee Valley regional park which spans London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Led by the Ranger Team and its group of engaging and knowledgeable volunteers, the guided walks will run at weekends throughout the summer and are open to everyone.

The Walk in the Park sessions for July include:

  • Sunday 23 July, 10.30-12.30: To mark Love Parks Week, a stroll through Walthamstow Marsh Nature Reserve, Coppermill Fields and Leyton Marsh, meeting at Lee Valley Ice Centre, London
  • Sunday 30 July, 10.30-12.30: A walk around Gunpowder Park, Swan and Pike Pool and Enfield Island, meeting at Gunpowder Park

In August you can join the free guided Lee Valley walks on:

  • Sunday 6 August, 10.30-12.30: Old Mill and Meadows in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire
  • Sunday 27 August, 10.30-12.30: A scenic walk around River Lee Country Park meeting at Clayton Hill Car Park, Essex
  • Sunday 27 August, 10.30-12.30: Bow Creek and East India Dock Basin, London

There’s no need to book places on any of the walks – just turn up at a session’s meeting point at the specified time.

Through continued investment since 1967, Lee Valley Regional Park has been transformed from derelict waste ground into a celebrated and award winning green space that attracts over seven million visits a year.

Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said: “Our golden anniversary walks through the park have so far been a terrific draw, attracting a wide variety of people to come and explore our 10,000 acre space and enjoy its wildlife, heritage and rich history. We hope our many 50th commemorative walks to come during the next six months will prove to be just as popular and provide everyone with a rich insight into all that our park has to offer.”

Want to spend a bit more time in the great outdoors? There are camping and caravanning sites located within the park – Lee Valley Caravan Park at Dobbs Weir, Lee Valley Campsite in Sewardstone and Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Park in Edmonton.