London Capital Ring 6

Start: Crouch Hill Overground

Finish: Hackney Wick Overground

Length: 12.6 km / 7 miles

Weather: Overcast, sunny later

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Following a straight forward journey (for once) on the London Overground, I arrived at my start point. First part was a short climb up from Crouch Hill station to the Parkland Walk - nothing too strenuous, it's just you don't get hills like this in my part of London.

 

Descending down to the Parkland Walk, beside a modern youth centre, the first part of my walk.

 

There was interesting graffiti all along the Parkland Walk, probably encouraged by the youth centre I had walked past earlier.

 

A way marker in Finsbury Park.

 

Walking along a section of the New River. It is neither a 'river' or 'new.' It was completed in 1613, to bring drinking water from Hertfordshire to North London. The Thames, at the time, was like an open sewer!

It went down as far as Sadlers Wells in Clerkenwell but the overground waterway now ends at Stoke Newington.

 

New development beside the East Reservoir. This has altered the route slightly as there are construction sites putting up new flats barring the way. However, detour signage was good.

 

The sailing club at the West Reservoir.

 

An attractive, Edwardian park keepers lodge at the entrance to Clissold Park.

 

St Mary's church on the other side of Clissold Park.

 

 

Lucky Seven Record shop, Stoke Newington. From forgotten pop classics to grunge to 60's girl groups to spoken word; all tastes are catered for. Just make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get stuck into their massive bargain bin, vinyl's from 25p! I came away empty-handed, mindful of the walk ahead.

Lucky Seven Record shop

 

Springfield Park, looking across the River Lea to the Walthamstow Marshes.

 

Taken from a bridge over the River Lea, beside Walthamstow Marshes.

 

The Hope & Anchor, a Fuller's pub, unfortunately on the other side of the Lea.

Hope & Anchor pub

 

The floating record shop seen from the tow path. Read more

The Floating Record Shop

 

The Hackney Marshes.

 

End of the tow path and the end of the section. The Olympic stadium awaits for another day.

 

A pint at the Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick before getting the train home.
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