Take in some of the best sights North-East London has to offer on this scenic canal-side route that provides an entirely traffic-free route from Tottenham Hale all the way to Victoria Park.
The route begins on the towpath just off Ferry Lane, and follows the River Lea canal alongside the Thames Water reservoirs, which provide beautiful views eastwards, although they are not currently open to the general public.
From here the route stays on the towpath, where there is the option to cross the canal at Horse Shoe Bridge and ride on the east side of the canal for a short period before it rejoins the towpath on the western side a few metres south. Whichever side you cycle on, you will enjoy excellent views of Walthamstow Marshes, which is a particularly peaceful stretch of open land that you may wish to take a break from your journey to explore.
The route passes a few cafes and pubs along this section, which are popular with cyclists and have some outdoor space to sit by the canal. Around these sections the towpath can get busy, so both cyclists and walkers should be mindful of other users, particularly those with dogs. Care should also be taken around moored longboats, which feature along the length of the canal.
The route continues south alongside Hackney Marshes and eventually leads into Victoria Park where the route ends.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.