Walks And Walking – Essex Walks Gunpowder Park Walking Route
Gunpowder Park is a new country park in Essex and part of the Lee Valley Park near Waltham Abbey just off Sewardstone Road. It’s a large conservation area with plenty of wildlife and well maintained gravel pathways as well as a myriad of tracks you can follow across the fields. No maps required for this walking route as everything is so well signposted and the circular walking route around the park only takes a leisurely hour making it a leisurely Essex walk.
Gunpowder Park comprises of several adjoining fields. Cobs Fields and the Shock Wave Galleries rise between the wildflower meadows that constantly change colour through the seasons. Bands of native trees and shrubs dissect the meadows mimicking shock waves which fan out from the centre of the “explosion” near the park centre. The Energy Fields are signposted to the Cob Fields viewpoint on the Meridian Line at the top of the hill where you can enjoy the views. For a more rural ramble you can continue on the grassy field margins along the public footpath between the arable fields.
Cob Meadow Blast Mound Plateau is a popular nesting place for skylarks and their spiralling songs fill the air in the spring and summer. Osier Marsh The Salix is a mysterious wet woodland and important wildlife refuge. Boardwalks and paths guide you through a tangled jungle of birch and willow carpeted with lichens and mosses.