A map of the Stort Navigation of the Lee Navigation
The map displays a range of services available on the Stort Navigation of the Lee Navigation. Simply click the box next to any service being displayed in the Map Key on the left of your screen.
A brief history of the Stort Navigation of the Lee Navigation
|Canal length :||13.7 miles|
|Height :||7ft ins|
|Width :||7ft ins|
|Draught :||3ft 6ins|
The River Stort is a 14 mile tributary of the River Lee. It provides navigation from Bishop's Stortford to Hoddesdon where it joins the River Lee. The river meanders through beautiful Hertfordshire countryside passing mills, maltings and country houses.
The river was canalised during the 18th century and most of the commercial traffic was timber and cereals. Plans to extend the canal to Cambridge did not materialise so the traffic was mainly local. The canal passed through many hands until finally being offered for free to the Lee Conservancy Board in 1909. Commercial traffic declined steadily over the folloing decades and was finally given over to holiday and leisure use in the 1970's.
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