THE MILE END CRUISE to the OLYMPICS
Mile End to Hertford Union Canal
We did not go by boat, theoretically we could of done, we just walked instead. Nearly
60 people started from Mile End station, including a young girl who seemed to dance
the whole 5.5 miles. Climbing onto the bridge, we found ourselves, as if by magic,
in a small park with generally open space. We followed the path north, re-
Hertford Union Canal to River Lea
This was originally call Duckett's Canal. It was dug to link the R. Lea to the Regents
River Lea to Limehouse Cut
Although were passing the Olympic site, we were too low down to see it except where the river Lea flowed back into the Lea Navigation. However, we went up onto the Greenway for a short while, which enabled us see the site and its field of cranes. After we rejoined the Lea, we continued to Three Mills, which is fascinating because the mill is a tidal one. The tea rooms were not open, but TESCO's, and its toilets, was. We stopped for a break. As we set off, there was a huge bridge in front of us, which spanned the Three Mill Wall river, our path and the river Lea. On the far side of the bridge is Bow Lock. Here the river Lea officially passes through a lock gate and is joined by the Three Mill Wall river before it flows, a short distance, to the Thames. Actually, the Lea now flows round the corner directly into Limehouse Cut.
Limehouse Cut to Limehouse Basin
Limehouse Cut is not in the most attractive area because quite a lot of industrial sites are at the water's edge, but nevertheless, it still has some charm. To the west it becomes more attractive, finishing with a small delightful park. We turned right then crossed a footbridge to get to the north side of Limehouse Basin. From the footbridge, if you look back you can see the church of Saint Anne, Limehouse on the right hand side of the canal.
Limehouse Basin to Mile End
Limehouse Basin has a beautiful feel to it. Someone remarked, the boats in the marina give it the feel of the Riviera. Turning right, here is Commercial Road Lock, the last on the Regents Canal before it enters the basin. Commercial Road Bridge, with its unusual double arches, is also here. There were only two more locks before we returned to the Mile End Park or, for the purists, it is possible to continue along the canal to Mile End Lock to make a complete waterways circuit. Where everyone else lunched I don't know, but a few of us ended up in the Half Moon, Wetherspoon’s pub (the 1980's failed Half Moon Theatre) near Stepney Green!
This walk was virtually traffic free. The only road walking was to and from the station
and crossing the High Street at Bow Flyover (now there is a new footway under the
High Street). The footpath "tunnelled" its way under numerous bridges so you almost
forgot they were there. We also passed nine locks -
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The camera position was generally from the square to the nearest position on the path, and direction of shot was within ±40 degrees of the arrow.
Mills have been recorded here since the Domesday Book. Around the 12th/13th centuries
the area became known as Three Mills, but during the 16th century the number of mills
was reduced to two. The current mills date from 1753 (Clock Mill) and 1776 (House
Mill). Both of them were driven, first by the in-
The House Mill has been restored and guided tours (by admission charge) are given on Sundays from early April to late October, 1 pm to 4 pm. The Millers House, next door, operates a cafe: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. Next to the Millers House is a former Customs House but this has since been residential and is now offices.
Church of Saint Anne, Limehouse
This Anglican church can be seen, close to the towpath, on the right hand side of the canal as you look back from the footbridge at Limehouse. I'm not sure how you get to it from the towpath, probably after the railway line and before the footbridge.
The church was built by Sir Christopher Wren's most talented pupil -
OLYMPIC SITE -
FROM THE SHED or VIEW TUBE
The West Essex Ramblers re-
This time the Green Olympic Shed, made from shipping containers and which stands on the Greenway path just outside the Olympic Site, was up and running making it possible to see more clearly the progress of the developing area. Interestingly a Greenfinch appears to have taken residence locally.
There is a café in the Shed.
There are toilets in the Shed.
There is no charge to use the Shed.
NB. If you take a train to Stratford and then the DLR to Pudding Mill Lane (one stop), it is only a two hundred yard walk to the Olympic Shed.
CLICK PHOTOS for larger views.
Photograph Top. A 160 degree Panorama produced from 4 joined photos
(distorted at the joins).
Photographs Middle. 1) Main Stadium; 2) Middle Ground; 3) Aquatic Centre Roof; 4)
Background: towards Stratford. Foreground: the City Mill river -
Photographs Bottom. 1) 57 West Essex Ramblers arriving at the Olympic Shed; 2) Shed viewed from the Greenway; 3) Shed viewed from Pudding Mill Lane Station; 4) Greenfinch seen below the Shed.
NOTE WELL -
Closures include the Green Way; the Green Shed; some river Lea; and Pudding Mill Lane Station.
A good website I found for information is: diamondgeezer.blogspot .
A Walk along Canals and Rivers of London's East End -
Including an external visit to the Olympic Site and Three Mills
Walked by the West Essex Ramblers on -
Photographs and layout by Harry Hawkins
|Grid Ref. & OS Map|
|Etiquette & Rules|
|Family Walk 1|
|Family Walk 2|
|Mile End & Olympics|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 1|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 2|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 3|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 4|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 5|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 6|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 7|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 8|
|Shakespeare's Way - 10, 11|
|Shakespeare's Way 12,13,14|
|London Loop - Leg 1|
|London Loop - Leg 2|
|London Loop - Leg 3|
|London Loop - Leg 4|
|London Loop -Leg 5|
|London Loop - Leg 6|
|London Loop - Leg 7|
|London Loop - Leg 8|
|London Loop - Leg 9|
|London Loop - Leg 10|
|London Loop - Leg 11|
|London Loop - Leg 12|
|London Loop - Leg 13|
|London Loop - Leg 14|
|London Loop - Leg 15|
|Norfolk Coastal Path|
|Brecon Beacons - Ross's View|
|Isle of Wight - September 2010|
|Weymouth - Ross's View|
|Crete Page 1 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Page 2 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Page 3 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Mosaic Photos|
|Evia - Map|
|Evia - Ferry Trip|
|Evia - Karystos|
|Evia - Day 1|
|Evia - Day 2|
|Evia - Day 3|
|Evia - Day 4|
|Evia - Day 5|
|Evia - Day 6|
|Santo Domingo de Silos|