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Middlesex Filter Beds


Grid ref: TQ 359 865 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014

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Until they were closed in 1969 these filter beds were used to clean water taken from the River Lea for supply all over north-east London. After that nature took over and created, in a relatively small area, a mosaic of different habitats, including open water, reed bed, scrub, wet woodland and old brickwork.

Reed buntings, coot and moorhen nest in the reeds and the reedmace, and the area hosts a wide range of dragonflies. The old brickwork provides crevices for toads, frogs, lizards and other animals


Park at Lea Valley Ice Centre on Lea Bridge Road (A104). Follow the signs from the car park over the bridge and along the towpath.

Regular bus services into London from Walthamstow and Leyton run along Lea Bridge Road.

Accessible at all times

July–August for dragonflies and other insects.

Photo © Tony Gunton