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|The ViewTube and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park|
|Author: Thames Water, Published: 02 May 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile linear walk from the ViewTube, a bright green community venue and cafe made from recycled shipping containers and with great views of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The walking route heads out along the Greenway, a raised footpath along the top of the embankment of Thames Water’s northern outfall sewer, before joining a stretch of the towpath alongside the River Lee Navigation. The final stretch of the walk explores the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with its beautiful landscaped gardens and iconic buildings such as the Orbit viewing tower and Aquatics Centre. |
The walk is almost entirely flat and follows fairly wide surfaced paths throughout. There are no stiles or gates to negotiate, just a few flights of steps, so it would be possible to complete it with a pushchair if you are happy to manage the steps. Dogs are welcome in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the ViewTube, a community venue with cafe and free exhibitions. The ViewTube is just a two minute walk from Pudding Mill Lane Station, served by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). The walk finishes at Stratford Station which is just one stop along the DLR, meaning the return leg can be completed with a 5 minute train journey. To reach the ViewTube, leave Pudding Mill Lane Station and follow the signs for the Greenway and ViewTube, passing under the railway. You should be able to spot the ViewTube easily, as it is bright green and built from old shipping containers.
|Start to River Lee Navigation|
Start point: 51.5353 lat, -0.0134 long
The walk starts from the ViewTube, a community venue with cafe and free exhibitions, which was funded by a number of organisations including Thames Water. It is the perfect place to get refreshments to fuel your journey, whilst enjoying the beautiful views across the park.
|River Lee Navigation to Bridge 12a|
Start point: 51.5365 lat, -0.0209 long
Turn right along the towpath and follow this under the bridge which carries the northern outfall sewer overhead. Pass the Water Bus stop and then cross left over the footbridge which crosses the River Lea. Do NOT cross the next footbridge, simply keep straight ahead on the towpath, passing the Old Ford Lock on the left.
|Bridge 12a to Velopark|
Start point: 51.5447 lat, -0.0223 long
Pass under this and then turn immediately right onto a surfaced path. Continue up the three small flights of steps that lead you into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Keep ahead passing the Copper Box Stadium on the right. The Copper Box was home to the handball and fencing during London 2012 and has been converted for use as a community sports arena.
|Velopark to Carpenters Lock|
Start point: 51.5493 lat, -0.0161 long
Turn right at this crossroads and keep ahead on the path which leads you past an elaborate timber play house and climbing frame on the left. Further along on the left you’ll pass the Timber Lodge Cafe/Unity Kitchen Cafe, should you require another pit stop.
|Carpenters Lock to End|
Start point: 51.5421 lat, -0.0164 long
Keep straight ahead on this long path passing the Pleasure Gardens to the right, with the iconic red and grey Orbit viewing tower across to the right. Beyond the river which is running on the left you’ll be able to see the Westfield shopping centre. The landscaped grounds of the Olympic Park have been designed to enrich local ecology and the planting includes many native species.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author thameswater and may not be reproduced without permission.
pleasant walk and really easy providing weather is fine. Little or no shelter from rain. This was my first use of the app and I was most impressed. The Olympic Park was also a surprise, far better than I envisaged. If you wanted you could come off the walk at almost any point as you are never far from civilisation. Really enjoyed it and coffee and toilet break at the cafe was welcome too.
|By Beepeejay on 05 Mar 2015|
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