Birds and Bypasses

Rye House Gatehouse
Birds and Bypasses
Rye House Gatehouse
Rye House Quay
Rye Road
EN11 0EQ

Sunday, 13 October 2019
13:30 - 16:30

Birds and Bypasses

This months walk takes us to Rye Meads and Stanstead Innings.

Starting at the historic Rye House Gate House where we all meet we then move on to Rye Meads which is a superb spot to see vast numbers of birds, plus wetland mammals and reptiles. The wetland areas are extensive, with flood meadows, reed beds, ditches, streams and open water supporting all kinds of fascinating life. Managed by the RSPB as a bird reserve this site is worth a visit any time of the year.

Leaving the reserve we take the river path to Stanstead Lakes tucked away by the quiet Hertfordshire village of Stanstead Abbots. A walk along the northern edge of the lake will take us to Stanstead Innings which comprises three wild flower meadows, three lakes and a wet woodland area.

The site was once a gravel extraction site, but now the pits are flooded and a host of wildlife has made the nature reserve their home. Whether you’re a seasoned ‘twitcher’ or just love natural places this walk is for you.

Walk  Information

  • The length of this walk is 5.4km (3.3 miles) and can take around 2 hours depending on how long people stop to birdwatch.

  • Part of this walk is along unsurfaced foot paths and there are gates and steps and is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies

  • Much of this walk is next to water

Meeting Point

  • The meeting point for this walk is Rye House Gatehouse car park

  • Grid ref. TL 38622 09990

  • Nearest postcode: EN11 0QH

  • FREE parking

Top Tips

  • Please wear suitable clothing and footwear

  • Bring some binoculars there are lots of good birds to see on this walk

  • Bring along some water and a snack to keep you going

  • Dogs unfortuntely are not allowed in the RSPB reserve so we can not accept dogs on this walk

Getting here

By car: Rye House Quay, Rye Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN110EH

By train: Nearest station is Ryehouse overground. We are a 5 minute walk from the station

By bus: Nearest bus stops are Ryehouse Station and is served by 401 and 391


Although the walk is free we do ask people to book on so we know how many to expect on the day. There is also a maximum number we can take and booking will stop once this point is reached. Book to avoid disappointment.



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