GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Limehouse Cut

3 miles (4.5 km)

Follow the Limehouse Cut canal on this waterside walk or cycle in East London. It's a nice route for anyone looking for an easy, safe cycle ride or walkers looking for a pleasant stroll in the city. Look out for wildlife including coot, swans, ducks and cormorants on the way.
The route starts from the Limehouse Basin, next to the River Thames in theLondon Borough of Tower Hamlets. Here you can see the road swing bridge at the entrance to the Thames. When tall masted boats either arrive or leave the basin, Narrow Street traffic is stopped. From the basin you follow the Lea Valley Walk north east along the canal through Bow Common, Bromley and Bow. The cycle route finishes at 3 mills studio but if you are on foot you can continue along the River Lea Navigation to the Olympic Park where you can explore the site on a number of footpaths and cycling trails. You could also continue along the Lea Navigation and visit the nearby Hackney Marshes just to the north of the Olympic Park.
At the stadium the Hertford Union Canal heads west to Victoria Park. This is another good option for extending your exercise.

Limehouse Cut OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Limehouse Cut Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For cyclists Cycle Superhighway 3 passes Limehouse Basin. The popular trail runs from Lancaster Gate to Greatfields Park in Barking, passing several of the city's highlights on the way. You could follow it to nearby St James's Park and Hyde Park where there are some lovely traffic free paths to follow.


Limehouse Basin , East London , October 2015 - panoramio

Limehouse Basin

Limehouse Cut at Cotall Street

Cotall Street from Upper North Street, near Bow Common Lane

Limehouse Cut, at the A12 bridge

At the A12 bridge

Footbridge over Limehouse Cut - - 949318

Footbridge over the canal

Bow Common Lane bridge over Limehouse Cut - - 949702

Bow Common Lane bridge over Limehouse Cut

Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach Road bridge over Limehouse Cut - - 949766

Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach Road bridge

Docklands Light Railway bridge over Limehouse Cut - - 949742

Docklands Light Railway bridge over the canal

Abbott's Walk moorings, Limehouse Cut - - 949693

Abbott Walk barge moorings

GPS Files

GPX File

Limehouse Cut.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Limehouse Cut.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)