Olympic walk: Mile End, Green Bridge and two canals (part 1)
A leisurely six mile east London walk
(Photos/words © urban75, 28th August, 2010)
On a cloudy summer's Saturday, we headed out of Brixton to Mile End, east London for a pleasant 6 mile walk to the site of the Olympic Stadium.
It's an easy walk, with no big hills, and there's an ace cafe near the end!
The walk starts from Mile End tube station (Central, District and Metropolitan lines). Situated outside the station is this remarkable 'Green Bridge,' carrying pedestrians over the busy Mile End Road below.
Known locally as the 'banana bridge' (on account of its yellow underside), it was designed by CZWG Architects and opened in 2000, and continues the park across the road.
Walking up the steps to the Green Bridge.
Walking across the Green Bridge. You'd never know that you were standing on a bridge!
Enjoying a picnic on the bridge, with the towers of Canary Wharf in the distance.
Heading north towards the canal.
Waterlogged punt. There's a small boat hiring service here which we want to check out soon.
Punting on the Regent's Canal.
Modern canal-side redevelopment.
Signage along the footpath.
Rather curious sculptures!
Q. "How's my graffiti?"
A. "Nobody cares"
Canal lock by Stewardstone Road and Old Ford Road.
"I Luv Tara."
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