Hackney Canal Walk
This circular walk in Hackney takes you along the Hertford Union Canal, the Regent's Canal and through Victoria Park.
The walk starts from Hackney Wick train station. It's a short walk from here to Victoria Park and down to the Hertford Union Canal. Follow the towpath west and it will take you to Old Ford where the canal meets with the Regent's Canal. Head north west and you will soon come to Old Ford Lock. The associated lock cottage, and stables were designated Grade II listed buildings in 1990. Thames lighters using the canal would have horses provided by the operators of the canal.
From this part of the canal you can enter Victoria Park and enjoy a stroll along the footpaths here. The park boasts two cafes, a boating lake and several tree lined walkways. You follow the trails east through the park to return to Hackney Wick train station.
To continue your walking in the area head to the Hackney Marshes. There's nice waterside footpaths to follow along the River Lea and the Lea Canal here too. You'll also visit the Middlesex Filter Beds Nature Reserve at the northern end of the marshes.