Christmas in the Lee Valley

Dates

Fri-Sun Nov 29th-Dec 1st

Organisers

Jan and Martina

Cost

£50 per person (including supplement) for bed for 2 nights in single sex dorm. All meals including dinner on Friday and Saturday night will be an additional cost on top of this amount.

Activities

We have booked YHA Lee Valley for our early Christmas break. Just 20 minutes by rail from London, the hostel is a unique design of Scandinavian wooden lodges each with lounge and kitchen. The hostel is situated in the Lea Valley Regional Park with miles of cycle tracks and foootpaths direct from the hostel.

Saturday - We take the train one stop to Broxbourne to hire bikes. An easy 10 mile circular cycle from Broxbourne old mill and meadows. The Lea Valley area is a nature reserve of lakes, meadows and the Lea Valley Navigation, all perfect for cycling. Jan will lead the ride including pub stop and detour to the sculpture trail by Waltham Abbey, once one of the largest Augustinian Abbeys in the country. Cake stop at the Abbey before return to Broxbourne. Martina will lead an easy 5 mile walk around the Lea Valley Park Route, including the Lee Valley Park farms for Christmas market and petting the pigs. Then on to Gunpowder Mills and Waltham Abbey for tea and cake. May include some geocaching on route. Christmas Dinner will be arranged at local pub The Red Cow. Secret Santa will make his unusual and special appearance to everyone's delectation.

Sunday - Lots of options including: drive or take train (15 minutes) to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for mountain biking (bike hire available) or just exploring the Olympic Park; explore Myddelton House Gardens, a glorious botanical garden featuring the intricate lunatic garden, a beautiful carp lake and Victorian conservatory; White Water Rafting at the Lea Valley White Water Park; ice skating at the Lea Valley skating rink; go-karting at Rye House (2 stops from hostel).

Refreshments

Full catering at hostel. Pubs and cafes nearby. Self-catering kitchen. Christmas meal on Saturday evening.

Travel

Hostel is next to Cheshunt station (Oyster zone 8). Frequent trains from Liverpool Street (20-30 minutes). Also on Overground line from Highbury. Car share via others going.

Accommodation

YHA Lea Valley, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts, EN8 9AJ

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