Lea Valley Walk #1

Distance 9 miles /14.5 km
Although the traditional route is to walk from the source of the Lea River at Leagrave and end at Limehouse Basin in London, we have decided to reverse the route so we are closer to home in the chilly winter months. This means that the first of our Lea Valley walks starts at Limehouse, and many may discover that walking in reverse will afford of us a different perspective from the more common route which ends at the Thames. After passing Limehouse Lock we’ll find ourselves walking along The Lea in surprising peaceful surroundings given the proximity to the bustle and activity of Canary Wharf. We walk along Bow Creek, crossing the Meridian line twice, and have a quick visit to Bow Creek Ecology Park. We can appreciate the beauty of the world’s largest tidal mill at Three Mills Island, but won’t be able to visit as it is open only on Sundays. After passing Old Ford Lock, we walk past the Olympic Park with great views of the stadium. Soon we’ll be enjoying quiet views of boats moored along the Lea, birds and water fowl. After reaching Hackney and Leyton Marshes, we’ll stop at a cafe for lunch and continue our walk. We continue on the towpath through Walthamstow Marshes, passing more reservoirs until we reach the end of the first section of the Lea Valley walk at Edmonton.