No-one can seem to agree how to spell it, but don't let that you put off. The Lee (OK, I'm sticking with this spelling) Valley Regional Park is a huge area of lake,canal and river, around which scrubby, meadowy and woody areas fit in like Tetris pieces. A bewildering complexity of paths winds around the park, I would have got hopelessly lost where I not accompanied by Graham, who knows the park well. Also along for the ride were Shane, Rose and Andy.
It was raining when we kicked off from Cheshunt station at 10am, though not as heavily as it had been back in Sevenoaks an hour ago, and sunshine was forecast for later on. So we zipped up our waterproofs, girded our loins and set off northwards along the canal.
We visited the Bittern hide around this point - top spot for close views of Bitterns in winter. Today, it was more like warbler city, with Willows, Sedges, Reeds and Chiffers all zipping about in the thick reeds and sedges that lined the small channel. My photos of them were uniformly rubbish. Sadly at this point we lost Andy, as he had to rush off to deal with an emergency at home.