3 miles (4.8km)
This is a beautiful stretch, which includes the junction with the Stort Navigation and the attractive Dobbs Weir, where the Lee Navigation again leaves the Old River Lea. There are riverside pubs at Rye House, Dobbs Weir and Broxbourne. The towpath, for the first time without its metalled surface, again crosses the Meridian. Close by at Nazeing Mead is one of the largest concentrations of the valley’s famous glasshouses.
Rye House: Historic Rye House pub. Open all day. Children welcome.Dobbs Weir: Fish & Eels pub. Open all day.Carthagena Lock: Tea, drinks and ice cream in cabin behind cottage. Mon-Sat 7am-7pm; Sun 8am-7pm.
Hoddesdon: Hoddesdon Library, 98a High Street (01438 737333).
Rye House: National Rail.Broxbourne: National Rail.
OS Explorer 174 (Epping Forest & Lee Valley.