Temps en mouvement  une heure 59 minutes

Durée  3 hours 29 minutes

Coordonnées 1225

Publié 28 juillet 2019

Recorded juillet 2019

12 m
1 m
7,83 km

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près de Bow, England (United Kingdom)

This track includes the River Lea and various canals, the Three Mills, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Site, all located in the Stratford area of East London. It starts at Bromley-by-Bow underground Station near the historic Three Mills Island and proceeds south along the River Lea to Bow Locks. Then it traverses urban and residential areas northwards into the Queen Elizabeth Park and 2012 Olympic site, then to lunch venues along the Lee Canal Towpath in the Hackney Area. Finally the track passes Carpenters Road Lock and the London Aquatics Center before finishing at the Westfield Shopping and Stratford Underground Station of the Jubilee Line.

Construction of "East Bank" was in progress, encompassing several sites in the former Olympic venue. The track takes a short detour in one place near Carpenters Road Lock due to construction obstacles.

Recorded on July 22, 2019.

Bromley-by-Bow underground station

On the "District and Hammersmith & City" Lines

Road Underpass

After emerging from underpass on the west side head for the Tesco sign. The tall buildings of Stratford Town are visible in the background. Tesco is a convenient stop for purchasing the days water and snacks. Then proceed down Three Mill Lane from the Tesco.

Bridge over the Lee Navigation Canal

The "Three Mills History Walk" starts at this bridge. The river waterways in the area are tidal. there are many attractions in the immediate Three Mills area, so a longer time could be spent around here. Snippets from interpretive signage read; -In 1086, William the Conqueror's Doomsday book recorded eight tidal mills here, used to grind grain for bread. -It is said that Matilda, Queen of England, almost lost here life crossing the tidal Lea at Old Ford. She funded a bridge with bowed arches, which gave the area of Bow locks its name. -A wide range of industries moved here in the 19'th century. -There was gin making, soap making, and production of fine bone porcelain.

Lee Navigation Canal

The Lee Navigation Canal is on the east side of the tow path, and the tidal Three Mills River is on the west side. Many coots were seen along the canal. A cormorant was perched on the aft deck of a long boat and appeared comfortable with passers by. Canada geese, herons, seagulls and terns were seen along the river.


Walking along the canal.

Alternate access

A pedestrian ramp between a bridge and the towpath provides alternate access from Bromley-by-Bow Station.

Bow Lock

This single lock joins the canal and river at high tide.
Building of interest

House Mill and Clock Mill

The House Mill and Miller's House are owned and operated by the House Mill Trust. There are public guided tours (see an attached photo for opening hours).

Three Mills Green

A large short grass field in a popular jogging and dog walking area. Towards the north construction is underway, and the distinctive ArcelorMittal Orbit tower in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is visible in the background.

Three Mills Lock and Prescott Channel

Three Mills Lock was opened in 2009 to protect Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from flooding and to transport building material for the 2012 Olympic facilities. An unexploded 2,200 lb WWII bomb was found during its construction.


At the junction of Prescott Channel and Three Mills River.

Cafe and local grocery store

There are two small adjacent shops in a residential neighborhood. Soft drinks and snacks were available in the small store. The adjacent burger restaurant was popular with local workers on the day. .

Abbey Lane Open Space

A quiet park area with convenient benches, ideal for a take away lunch from the nearby shops.


The Q22 Bike Route and the Capital Ring Walk are above a set of stairs from the SE corner of Abbey Lane Open Space.

'The Riverside Path'

The track joins a walking path alongside the "Waterworks River". There are new mid-rise residential buildings adjacent to the path and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic site is directly across the river. The riverside has been eco-landscaped to replicate a natural canal edge, including native birch and rowan trees.

Enter QE Olympic Park

Just after entering the Park the "Iron Bridge" crosses the Waterworks River into the Queen Elizabeth 2012 Olympics site.

'ArcelorMittal Orbit' and 'The Lawn'

Arrive at the ArcelorMittal Orbit with its enclosed water-slide. This prominent tower can be seen from afar throughout much of East London. "The Lawn" is a popular resting and picnicking spot. The London Aquatics Center and Westfield Shopping are also nearby.

City Mill River path

Plenty of flowers and benches along the river path. A plaque on a park bench reads "Planet Earth is moving at 67,027 miles per hour around the sun".

Carpenters Road Lock

Carpenters road Lock was built on the "Old River Lea" in the 1930's to help prevent flooding and to allow boats to navigate between tidal and semi-tidal rivers and canals. They are the first British lock to be fitted with rising "radical gates". During the 1970's the lock fell into disrepair, lying hidden and disused for over 40 years. The lock restored in 2017, allowed the return of of boating navigation from the Old River Lea to Waterworks River.

North London Line

British Rail trains pass here at moderate speed after leaving Stratford Station.

Hackney, White Post Lane Bridge

This bridge on White Post Lane crosses the Lee Canal Towpath, with its long boats, and a waterfront pub on the north side of the bridge. The entire area has abundant, mostly very skillful graffiti.

Howling Hops

the track turned to the north from White Post Lane, past Howling Hops, and circled around to the canal-side where a blue longboat bar-restaurant was docked.

Riverfront pub

The pub is in an old industrial building, and has good local beer and pizza. Long boats regularly pass in front along the canal. There are large canal-side picnic tables. Its a great place to spend some time taking in the canal-side artwork and activity. British rail trains occasionally pass across the trestle immediately to the north.

Approach to Diamond Bridge

The Diamond Bridge leads back to the main boulevard towards the south through the Olympic site.

Gardens along Tessa Jowell Blvd.

Tasteful summer flower displays along these pedestrian-only paths and roadways

Stratford Walk

The Stratford Walk crosses a wide pedestrian bridge over the Waterworks River, passing the London Aquatics Center (an Olympic facility), and from there directly to Westfield shopping. Construction of "East Bank" was underway in this area (July, 2019). This will be a large, ambitious educational and cultural district, anchored around the new University College London (UCL), including UCL's London College of Fashion.

Westfield Shopping

A major shopping mall with a movie theater on the uppermost level. The mall connects to Stratford Underground Station, Jubilee Line, one level down from the Stratford Walk entrance.

Exit to Underground, Jubilee Line

The large Starbucks coffeehouse is one level down from the Stratford Walk Bridge entrance. Starbucks is very close to the entrance to the Jubilee Line underground, located just outside the mall entrance at this location.


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