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Hackney Canal Walk

3 miles (5.5 km)

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 stableswere designatedGrade II listed buildingsin 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 BedsNature Reserve at the northern end of the marshes.

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Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Regent's Canal, Hackney 3411

Regent's Canalin Hackney. TheWenlock Basin

Burdett-Coutts Fountain, Victoria Park (25543933051)

The Burdett-Coutts Memorial Drinking Fountain (aka Victoria Fountain), Victoria Park

Old Ford lock from Old Ford Bridge, Regent's Canal - - 1535047

Old Ford lock from Old Ford Bridge, Regent's Canal. An important staging-post in former days, close to the junction of the Hertford Union canal and with winding-hole to enable narrow boats to turn, this lock also had stabling for horses. Now it supplies water and disposal facilities to recreational boat people.

Regent's Canal, Victoria Park - - 129155

Regent's Canal, Victoria Park. Narrow boats moored on Regent's Canal between Old Ford Lock and Bonner Road Bridge

Fishing in the canal, Bethnal Green - - 1538959

Fishing in the canal, Bethnal Green. The canal curves sharply towards the west here; the old Haggerston gasholder up ahead.

Passing under Mare Street (1) - - 1541958

Passing under Mare Street. Following the canal upstream the bridge marks the transition from Bethnal Green to Hackney through what was once an intensely industrial and extremely impoverished area of London. On the left of the image can be seen an opening that presumably led to a wharf or warehouse. The canal was itself an essential artery of transport for the very building materials that were needed for construction and development.

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