Pilgrimage Way

Route Details

  • From - to: Barking Abbey to Waltham Abbey via Three Mills, Limehouse Basin and the Olympic Site
  • Distance: The route is 23 miles long, but there is a new short cut up the Lee Canal from Three Mills reducing the length to 18 miles.
  • Type: Almost completely traffic-free paths, with some on-road sections 
  • Access: Barking Station: District line LU/Fenchurch St Line. Waltham Abbey: overground trains to Liverpool Street from Waltham Cross or Enfield Lock (note: time restrictions exist for taking bikes on trains – especially the Underground, see the TfL website for more details). Town car park close to Waltham Abbey.
  • Surface: Tarmac, sealed and unsealed sections of traffic free path. Tarmac or concrete on road sections. 

Route Description

This route was devised in 2011 as a cycle pilgrimage with a theme of ‘Caring for the Environment’ and timed to coincide with the Ride and Stride Day in September. The pilgrimage route is open to all and makes a very pleasant and energetic day out! It utilizes the Greenway through Newham, joins the Limehouse Cut to the yachting basin, takes the Regents Canal to Victoria Park and then follows the Lee Canal past the Olympic site and on to Waltham Abbey. Where you need to cross busy roads the crossing is usually either controlled or with a restraining barrier. Care is needed on the streets of Waltham Abbey where there is no suitable bicycle path for the last 400 metres. A good way to cope is to group in a bunch and keep together for the last five minutes!

Local attractions

Barking Abbey Ruins, Three Mills Studio, Limehouse basin, Mile End Park, Victoria Park, Olympic Site (esp. View Tube), Hackney, Leyton, Walthamstow and Tottenham Marshes, Middlesex Filter Beds (nature reserve). Markfield Park (Beam Engine), Picketts Lock, Enfield Small Arms Factory development (Enfield Island Village), Gunpowder Park and Waltham Abbey.

Bike hire

Bikeworks‎ 138 - 140 Cambridge Heath Road London E1 5QJ 020 8980 7998 bikeworks.org.uk

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.

Latitude: 
51.59652550457342
Longitude: 
-0.00806718818352925
Zoom level: 
11
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This route was devised in 2011 as a cycle pilgrimage with a theme of ‘Caring for the Environment’ and timed to coincide with the Ride and Stride Day in September. The pilgrimage route is open to all and makes a very pleasant and energetic day out!

Length: 
23 miles