Waltham Abbey The Augustinian abbey was a popular place for kings to stay during hunting trips in nearby Waltham Forest. Henry VIII was a regular visitor and on several occasions was accompanied by Anne Boleyn. In July 1529, Henry VIII took Anne Boleyn on progress and visited a number of places including the Abbey. During the summer progress of 1532, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn stayed at Waltham Abbey for five days.
Lee Valley Walking Route Waltham Abbey is absolutely steeped in history with most of it surrounding Waltham Abbey Church, which was a surviving Norman church from the abbey dissolved by King Henry VIII. There are plenty of highlights along this leisurely Essex walk which includes the Royal Gunpowder Mills, plenty of rural countryside walking routes and the popular Lee Valley Regional Park. http://www.walksandwalking.com/walks/walks-in-essex/lee-valley-walking-route/