London Capital Ring 7

Start: Hackney Wick Overground

Finish: Royal Albert DLR

Length: 8.04 km / 5 miles

Weather: Overcast, sunny later

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Another section I wasn't particularly looking forward to, so I decided to do it quickly over the Christmas holidays. Once again, like a previous Capital Ring section, I needn't have worried. In fact it was an enjoyable section, most of which was spent walking on a Victorian sewage pipe!

Looking back at the start of the walk, towards Hackney Wick.

 

Unlike the previous section, you don't really spend that much time on the River Lee Navigation, so definitely no need for the Water Bus.

 

Currently the Olympic Stadium is being refurbished for West Ham United to take it over as their new ground. I think it re-opens in 2016. In fact there is lots of construction work taking place at the the moment in this area.

 

 

 

Past the Olympic stadium, around Puding Mill Lane DLR, due to a lot of building work, the route wasn't straight forward. Neither was it well sign posted. After a lot of faffing around and back tracking, the problem was alliviated after reaching Stratford High Street (a dual carriageway).

However, the boarding was beautifully illustrated with ads for local businesses.

 

On the Greenway, looking back to the Olympic Park and the
ArcelorMittal Orbit.

The greenway

 

The Greenway is a footpath and cycleway in east London constructed on the embankment containing the Northern Outfall Sewer. It runs from Wick Lane in Hackney to Beckton sewage treatment works and was designed by Joseph Bazalgette after an outbreak of cholera in 1853 and "The Big Stink" of 1858.

The Abbey Mills Pumping House, designed in an elaborate Byzantine style. It is described as The Cathedral of Sewage.

The Cathedral of Sewage

 

Looking across Lee Valley Park towards the Docklands on the Isle of Dogs.

Lee Valley Park

 

Crossing the A13 at the Beckton Alps, ironically named after toxic spoil heaps, which uou can see stacked up in the distance. These were put to good use when the Beckton Alps Dry Ski Slope was built in the early 1980s. It was officially opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1989 but closed in 2001.

beckton alps

 

Near the end of my walk.

beckton alps

 

Newham Council now resides in these offices beside the Royal Albert Dock.

 

London City Airport can be seen across the dock.

 

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