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Guided by Canal Guides

The pioneering walk. The walk that explored this area decades before the 2012 ballyhoo was even dreamt of. All that hoop-la is now history as well but it has, of course, made its mark. An out-of-the-way, hardscrabble, forgotten corner of London is now a jaw-dropping contrast of old and new. And, yes, the new of course comes into this walk – the Olympic Park, the Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, the Velodrome, etc. – how could it be otherwise? That said, it's still that old, came first, pioneering walk – it's just that it's got the "Bolt"-on of that 2012 supercharge! That "old, came first, pioneering walk" with its "historic parts" that are centuries, not months, old. Historic parts centred on the River Lea, for centuries the cradle of much of London's history going right back to Roman times. And from those earliest beginnings the long, long march forward. King Alfred, for example, made use of the River Lea in his "dealings" with the Danes.
 
Then there’s the reopened Carpenters Road Lock. This lock is in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium and is technically unique in Britain. A double radial gate lock, it was designed to cope with floods and tides. A rusting, rotting throwback, it's hasn't been used for many years. No more, though. It's been restored. Boats will once again are passing through this unique old gate lock to the Bow Back Rivers.
 
 N.B. this walk is conducted in partnership with the Inland Waterways Association. It'll be guided by a member of the Canal Guides team.
 

QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK & BOW BACK RIVERS – THE PRACTICALS

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park & Bow Back Rivers walk takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, February 3.  The meeting point is Stratford Tube. Meet by the Newham London sign.

LONDON WALKS HORS D'OEUVRE

The Regent's Canal and other Inland Waterways Walks are well and truly a labour of love because the guides who lead them – all of them members of the Inland Waterways Association – donate their fee to the IWA. So you're not just signing up for a fascinating walking tour, you're supporting a good cause.

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If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Olympics, Three Mills & Bow Back Rivers walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Olympics, Three Mills & Bow Back Rivers Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always  – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well-nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at  privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And the clincher: a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.

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