Waterside Stortford is a riverside and countryside trail passing through the historic market town of Bishop’s Stortford. The trail features twenty-one information boards along its length illuminating its history and ecology. You can do all of the walk or part of the walk at your leisure. The entirety of the trail takes approximately 3 hours.

Cycle or stroll through the 3.5 mile (5.6km) trail enjoying beautiful relaxing views of the water, nature and wildlife. Waterside Stortford winds gently through the valley of a chalk stream, through to the maltings of historic Bishop’s Stortford and the canal scenes of the Stort Navigation. Walk through the market town enjoying the views, whilst doing a spot of shopping. Have a bite to eat in the various restaurants, or have a drink in the many historic pubs and popular bars.

The way is flat, unfenced, has country gates but no stiles, and it may be muddy after and during wet weather. From Bat Willow Hurst southbound to Grange Paddocks the trail is partly unpaved with field boundaries, which would be unsuitable for buggies and wheelchair users. Those with buggies and wheelchairs can start the trail from Grange Paddocks heading towards the Town Centre and onwards to Twyford Mill (or vice versa).

You can download the trail guide and map below. 
Copies of the trail guide are also available at the Tourist Information Centre.

There are a number of Waterside Stortford events and initiatives taking place throughout July and August 2022 which include:

  • Kids Activity Booklet & Information Pack - this can be collected from the Tourist Information Centre from 26th July and contains a puzzle, word search, colouring page, river trails and lots of fun information celebrating the River Stort.   
  • Sunday 21st August, the Save Our Stort! litter picking team will meet to clean up the towpath and river in the town. Why not join them? You will be provided with gloves, litter pickers and rubbish bags by the Canal and River Trust.  If you own a canoe or similar water craft bring it along but please make sure you bring your own life-jacket. The SOS team will meet on the towpath behind Nuffield Health Centre at 11.30am. The litter pick normally takes about 1 hour.
  • Free Angling Coaching Sessions - Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August 2022.  These one hour coaching sessions are organised by Everybody Can Fish and are suitable for adults and children.  The coaching is taking place from 10am to 4pm at Home Farm Lakes Complex, Great Hallingbury, CM22 7TP.  To apply to take part please email: events@bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk or call: 01279 715001. 
  • Until 14th August 2022 Whoosh Explore are offering river Stort paddling sessions including Pub paddles and family group paddling.  All events can be booked their website www.whooshexplore.Co.uk