Incredibly, this easy section through a densely populated part of London manages to find a route that is almost completely without traffic. This is mainly achieved by following for 4.6km (2.9 miles) The Greenway, an almost straight broad track running high between houses along the top of the Northern Outfall Sewer with a bonded gravel surface throughout and great views of the Olympic site. Note that The Greenway is a permissive path shared with cyclists and closed at night.
5 miles ( 8 km)
Beckton District Park (Stansfeld Road, GR 422-811)
Northwest to southeast
Almost entirely level on firm ground, with some short gentle slopes and one flight of steps. No stiles. 0.8km (half a mile) beside roads
Complete both ways. The logo is 'Big Ben' and text 'Capital Ring' in blue and green on white background.
Pubs at Hackney Wick and Plaistow. Cafés at Hackney Wick and Beckton District Park. Public toilets at Beckton District Park (subject to opening times) or Bow Flyover (McDonald's restaurant).
Rail: Hackney Wick, West Ham
Tube: West Ham, Plaistow
DLR: Pudding Mill Lane, Royal Albert
Buses: at stations above (not Pudding Mill Lane) plus High Street Stratford, several points in Plaistow, Lonsdale Avenue and Tollgate Road (Beckton District Park)
For more information on public transport please see Transport for London's Journey Planner.
Lea Valley Walk, Time Travellers, The Greenway
LB Tower Hamlets, LB Newham
The first 700m along the towpath are level but uneven - this can be avoided by starting at the west end of The Greenway in Wick Lane. Access points to The Greenway are ramped, as is the footbridge over Newham Way.
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