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Dobbs Weir - October 2008 Update

The following photos were taken in October 2008 - our first visit for quite a while; the campsite, alas, has shut down and there is a for sale/to let sign on the field gate.

 

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DOBBS WEIR

We first discovered Dobbs Weir whilst living in London. A hot sweaty city and a yearning for Yorkshire made us look around for places where we could get away from it all.  A friend recommended this place for camping and fishing, without going too far - and even though we are not keen anglers, a few nights away in the fresh air, "under canvas" seemed enticing. A few miles up the A10 near Hoddesdon, this was part of the Lea Valley Regional Park, an area promoted for recreation around the water of the Lea River and the Lea River Navigation.

When you approach Dobbs Weir you may think you have taken a wrong turning. Signs lead you through an industrial park where heavy lorries cross the railway line over a newly constructed bridge and you can see the tall chimney of an incinerator over to the left. Half a minute down the road you are surrounded by lush green trees and you can hear the gentle rustle of falling water.   You go over a stone hump-back bridge and turn into a car park which nestles beside a canal. Opposite is a picturesque pub - the "Fish and Eels" which serves good ale and food and a chance to sit outside right next to the navigation and watch the sun go down.

Dobbs Weir is made up of three different parts - the smooth navigation part where the water levels are maintained enough to allow pleasure boats manoeuvre past the pub; the weir itself - a weird myriad of platforms and gates and rustling water - and the pond beyond the gates where the water is calm again.

The following pictures are a collection of the best from several visits there between 2004 and 2006. Sadly the campsite seems under threat from impending Olympic development although how much is fact and how much hearsay, I am unsure.

This is the weir area around the pub - the place to be if you like the sound of running and bubbling water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the pond beyond the weir where people often fish. There is also a picnic area and cycle paths - it really is lovely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pub serves delicious food and there is a great "beer garden" around the back which looks onto the water.

 

Next to the car park, and running under the aforementioned hump-back bridge, is the canal known as the Lea Navigation.