Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jubilee Greenway walk 4

This is the fourth section of this walk along the Jubilee Greenway. For the most part this section follows the main route of the London sewerage system. Quite a strange route for a pathway. It is not one I would advise visitors to follow but see what you think.

I needed to get to Victoria Park to continue along the pathway and that meant getting the tube to Bethnal Green. I used to visit Bethnal Green regularly in the early 70s when I knew someone living in the area. I remember it as a very run down area. The first place in London that many immigrants would settle as it was a very cheap area to live. Looking at it now, it is a very different are.

Walking through the streets I came across this unusually placed memorial in the middle of a row of terraced houses. It is a memorial to the men from Cyprus Street who had lost their lives in the first world war. There are 26 names on the plaque which is the highest number of men lost from just one street. The original plaque was damaged when the house it was on was demolished but local residents clubbed together and had a replica made. It is located here about 500m from the original site.

It didn't take me long to arrive at Victoria Park to continue with the Greenway walk. Victoria Park was developed between 1842 and 1846. It has a beautiful lake, athletics track and lots of green space for children to run around and enjoy.

I left the park through these large blue gates and followed a path beside the Hertford Union Canal.

Now the signs for the path were obvious and I didn't need to keep following the directions I had downloaded.

The path takes you over the River Lee and past a water recycling plant which of course reminded me about the route I was following which was above the main sewage system. Behind this sign was the Olympic Stadium, star of the 2012 Olympic Games.

It has since been adapted and the large triangular shapes above the stadium which housed the lights have now been removed. The stadium is to become home to a London football club(West Ham) in 2016. Prior to that it will be used in 2015 for the World Rugby cup finals and other major events.

I haven't visited this area since the Olympics it has been closed to the public whilst various construction work has been taking place. However the park will be open to the public this Spring so I will be returning soon for a more detailed wander around.

The directions for the walk no longer made sense due to all the closed roads so I had to try and work it out for myself.

It took me a little while of going backwards and forwards to find my way round this maze of building work.  The only people around were security guards telling me where I couldn't go but no-one to tell me where I could pick up the path again.

After crossing another river I followed the sound of heavy traffic and found myself on a main road ready to give up and go home. As I crossed the road I noticed what looked like a possible pathway and decided to follow it.

I then came across this wonderful building which is the Abbey Mills Pumping Station so I knew I had found the Greenway path again. It was also another reminder that the walk is on top of the Sewers.

This iron feature on the ground is engraved with the months of the year and this inscription 'Stand now at this month with your back to the sun - you wake in the morning the day has begun'. It is a reference to the East/West Meridian line which runs along here.

No idea why this sculpture is here and I couldn't get close to it as there was a wire fence in the way.

I crossed another river and decided that this walk no longer appealed to me. I was getting fed up of walking next to a temporary wire fence.

Finally there was an exit from the path that led to an underground station at Plaistow.

This was not the most picturesque of walks . The construction of Crossrail , a new rail line from NE London to SW London which involves 26 miles of new tunnels beneath London,  has turned a vast section of the route into a building site. It might be better when the Olympic Park finally reopens all areas to the public but as yet too much of it is still fenced off and parts of the pathway closed with no alternative route.


  1. Bravo to you for getting out to explore, even if it was a long and rather anxious walk, since directions were poor and the route filled with construction sites. But, you discovered that absolutely beautiful pumping station and you wrote a wonderful description of your adventure. I've been on a few exhausting walks like that when too much energy was spent trying to find a path to the "good stuff" so I felt your pain, all the while admiring your persistence.

  2. Thank you for taking us along on your walk... a bit off the beaten path, it's always interesting to see and learn about parts of the city one normally wouldn't.

  3. I have learned many things from this post. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Fascinating and great photos of you walk on the Greenway ~ despite your frustrations ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol, (A Creative Harbor)

  5. Wow. Must have been fun to see in person. Thanks for the amazing pics.

  6. what an intriguing walkway! Parts of it look really interesting but then others seem just really frustrating.... Thanks for the tour!

  7. Absolutely adore the houses in the third shot, it looks like they have been wonderfully restored!

  8. Looks like a very interesting walk!

  9. Great images of this beautiful collection of moments and places! Saludos

  10. I think it is a lovely walk except through the construction zone. I'm wondering why you wouldn't recommend it as it seems to have a lot of different things to capture the eyes.


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