Luton Foodbank supporter Maggie Herod has bravely volunteered to walk 80km to raise funds for tackling hunger in our town.

This September, she and her dog Max will do the Lea Valley Walk, which follows the River Lea from its source at Leagrave to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.


I hope  the walk will raise awareness. Max
and I will do everything we can to help that process.

Maggie Herod

Maggie is a keen walker, and loves to go rambling with Max, a rescue dog who has his own experience of poverty. They plan to complete the Lea Valley Walk in five days. Every stages of the walk is easily accessible by public transport, so if you would like to do the walk with them, or just join in for one day, please email

If an 80km walk along the graceful River Lea doesn’t appeal, you can still support Maggie and Max by sponsoring them.




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Maggie will be blogging about her experience, so bookmark this page and watch our Twitter and Facebook posts.

The itinerary

Day 1 (8 Sep) Leagrave to Harpenden
Distance: 13.75 miles

The first leg leads from Leagrave to Luton Airport Parkway, passing through Wardown Park and Luton town centre. If you’d like to join Maggie for this stage, returning to the start takes just minutes by train.

After Luton Airport Parkway, the walk is mostly along a disused railway line with lovely views over Luton Hoo.

Day 1 ends near Harpenden station, so if you want to do the whole first day with Maggie, it’s still very easy to get back to Luton.

Day 2 (9 Sep) Harpenden to Hatfield
Distance: 8 miles

Day 3 (10 Sep) Hatfield to Hertford
Distance: 7.75 miles

Day 4 (11 Sep) Hertford to Broxbourne
Distance: 8.5 miles

Day 5 (12 Sep) Broxbourne to Tottenham Lock
Distance: 11.75 miles

Day 6 (13 Sep) Tottenham Lock to East India Dock
Distance: 7.5 miles

If you’re interested in the Lea Valley Walk, Maggie recommends the guidebook by Leigh Hatts, which is available via the author’s website.