I walked past the London Aquatics Centre that's now open for swimming to the public and onto The Olympic Stadium, soon to be West Ham Utd's new ground. The Hammers are moving into the ground for the 2016/2017 season.
the ArcelorMittal Orbit, observation tower costing 19.1 million.16million came from Britain richest man the steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal.Some 377ft (115m)high.
bike trip back in 2012 to The Thames.
Copper Box Arena on my left.
Host of the handball, modern pentathlon fencing and goalball during the 2012 Games, the Copper Box Arena is one of London’s most flexible indoor venues. You can get in shape in the gym, work out in group exercise classes, take part in activities in the state-of-the-art sports hall, or just enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat in the café.
With retractable seating for up to 7,500 spectators, the Arena can host a wide range of different sports and activities including basketball, wheelchair basketball, handball, volleyball, netball, fencing, badminton, gymnastics and much more.
Lea Valley Velopark.
Track cycling, road racing, BMX or mountain biking: however you get your two-wheeled thrills, you will find it at the unrivalled Lee Valley VeloPark.Centred on the iconic, award-winning, 6,000-seat velodrome, where Sir Chris Hoy and his Team GB and Paralympics GB compatriots set the London 2012 Games alight, Lee Valley VeloPark is the first place in the world where you can take part in these four types of cycling in one place.
Catering for all skill levels form beginners through to elite, anyone can cycle at Lee Valley VeloPark. You don't even need a bike - you can hire everything you need - so there's nothing stopping you from experiencing the fun of two wheels.
Hackney Marshes is an area of grassland on the western bank of the River Lea in the London Borough of Hackney. It was incorporated into the Lee Valley Park in 1967. It was originally a true marsh, but was extensively drained from Medieval times, and rubble was dumped here from buildings damaged by air raids during World War II.
The White House and Fishery once stood nearby and may have dated from the times of King Charles I (1600-1649), Records suggest that the hostelry set in marshland was a hiding place for Dick Turpin. Old maps show that the White House stood near the Ferry crossing to refresh the travellers from the villages of Hackney and Homerton.
Dick Turpin was born in 1706 in rural Essex and grew up serving an apprenticeship as a butcher in the village of Whitechapel. He began stealing sheep,lambs and cattle. He then joined the Essex gang who raided isolated farmhouses. Turpin and the gang proceeded to rob their way across the Home Counties, frequently employing torture as a method of persuasion.
I follow the river around the park.
I then cross The Lea and head onwards towards Walthamstow.
Walthamstow marshes. Walthamstow Marshes, is a 36.7 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Walthamstow. It was once an area of common land used for growing crops and grazing cattle.
Alliott Verdon Roe rented out two railway arches on the marsh for workshops. In June he made a series of short jumps and then a 100ft hop in his tri-plane before on 23rd July making several 900ft flights. He thus became the first person to fly over British soil. He later formed his own company and made famous planes such as the Avro Lancaster Bomber.
Moments later I heard the loud whirr of two Chinooks helicopters flying over!
I continue walking and can now see Stamford Hill in the distance.
I leave the River Lea and walk across a field to join The Lea Navigation.
I am now walking alongside the Navigation and onwards towards Stamford Hill.
The Anchor and Hope in Clapton.
|Police looking for bodies I assume :)|
Based in an area of London which is in the top 10% deprivation bracket in the UK and 29% of young people are not in employment, education or training (NEET), Leaside offers hope to young people, encouraging them to stay in education, develop their confidence, leadership skills and ambition.
They provide a variety of activities within an educational framework, including canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering and expeditions.
Clapton Sea Cadets. As a Sea Cadet you can go to sea, learn to sail and do adventure training, plus get extra skills to give you a great head start in life.
Lea Valley Marina, Springfield.
Springfield has been owned, operated and developed as a revene marina/boatyard by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority since the late 1960s, when it was purchased by the Authority from the Radley family.
In the Authority's records it is noted that the Radley family had owned the site since the early 1890s, however, it's unlikely to have been operated as a boatyard initially. The transition to a yard with moorings is locally reported as being around the 1930’s.
Sited on the lower reaches of the River Lee adjacent to Walthamstow Marshes, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Nature Reserve, the Marina has some 200 berths and is close to the City of London and the West End. It is ideally placed for cruising the canal systems and the River Thames and River Lee and Stort.
Springfield Riverside Cafe and next door is the Lea Rowing Club. I didn't stop at the Cafe as I'm on a diet and I crack on with the walk.
House in Watermint Quay Very nice looking !
I head on to find the church and then the station to head home.
The outsize sculptures on the tower are by A.G. Walters.
|Arriva Stamford Hill Bus Garage|
I turn right onto the A10 and pass St Ignatius Catholic Church. St Ignatius Church in Stamford Hill where it gradually becomes South Tottenham is a large listed Roman catholic parish church in the Archdiocese of Westminster ministered by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) who founded it in 1894. It is on the corner of Tottenham High Road and St. Ann's Road in Haringey.
I now walk onto South Tottenham Overground to make my way home. A walk of 5.5 miles.