Lea River Park

Explore some of east London’s hidden gems on this new riverside walking and cycling route.

The Lea River Park is the name given to six new parks which together connect Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Royal Docks and the River Thames, linked by the Leaway. The project completes the 26-mile long Lee Valley Regional Park which cumulatively connects Ware in Hertfordshire to the River Thames.

The redevelopment of the Lea River Park opens up 45 acres of new space creating walkways and cycle paths. It takes an hour to walk the entire Lea River Park with the opportunity to stop off and learn about some of the area’s rich history, including:

  • Three Mills – a beautiful and historic area which is home to the world’s biggest tidal mill (which was listed in the Domesday Book) and 3 Mills Studio, a film studio which is now home of MasterChef.
  • Bow Ecology Park – a thriving wildlife sanctuary with newts, water scorpions and flocks of wading birds.
  • Trinity Buoy Wharf – home to London’s only lighthouse.
  • Cody Dock – a formerly derelict dock which is being transformed into a thriving creative community space.
  • The banks of the Lea at the Bow Brewery where India Pale Ale was first brewed.

 Download a map of the Leaway walking and cycling route here.

The Lea River Park is being delivered by the London Legacy Development Corporation, LB Newham and Tower Hamlets, in Partnership with TfL, the GLA and the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority. It is being designed by architects 5th Studio.

 

  • Throughout London’s history, the River Lea has brought food, jobs, dirt and energy to the city.

    To celebrate the area’s remarkable history, arts organisation Create has commissioned three Odd Guides to navigate the important contribution the River Lea has made to the lives of Londoners, past and present. Artists Gayle Chong Kwan, Leigh Clarke and Dash N’Dem have worked with teenagers living nearby to make these guides as a way of exploring the River Lea.

    You can pick these Odd Guides up along the Leaway route (map here) or download them below.

                                                                                                                    

                                          'Dirt'                                'Nature and Food'                    'Trade and Industry'

    For more information about the work of Create, visit www.createlondon.org/event/the-odd-guides/

  • From Thursday 6 April – Thursday 27 April 2017, New London Architecture (NLA) will host an exhibition exploring the history and future plans of the Lea River Park.

    Lea River Park: a new landscape for London’ will explore the past, present and future of the project, showcasing current and planned works that are leading the evolution of this former industrial backland . The exhibition will be supported by a series of events which will run throughout April.

    Find out more about the NLA exhibition by heading to http://www.newlondonarchitecture.org/whats-on/exhibitions/2017/lea-river-park-a-new-landscape-for-london

     
  • Three Mills area

    Believed to date back to the eleventh century, the Three Mills area offers visitors a unique glimpse of the past with an eye firmly to the future. 

    Three Mills brings together history, culture and entertainment in its stunning riverside location. At the heart of the area is 3 Mills Studios, the largest film studios in central London, while next door sits the Grade 1 listed House Mill. Originally built in 1776, it is the largest existing tidal mill in the world.

    The House Mill is open to the public and houses a charming cafe where visitors to the area can stop for a restorative cup of tea and a bite to eat!

    Meanwhile, the nearby Wild Kingdom is a unique natural play space for the young and the young at heart.

    Find out more about Three Mills here.

    Twelvetrees Crescent

    Twelvetrees Ramp, a major project in the development of the full Leaway route, is now open for access.

    Creating a new connection between the existing route from Three Mills and the eastern riverside walk along the River Lea to Cody Dock, the ramp enables these riverside routes to be stitched  together for the first time.  Twelvetrees Ramp has been designed to require minimal columns, in order to enable views through the ramp structure across the river and ensuring these vistas remain as unobstructed as possible. 

    Following completion of the structures, native riverside planting will be reintroduced to the site alongside the addition of several fruiting tree species and White Poplars, which are intended to act as planted markers along the Leaway route.

    The ramp was designed by Cambridge-based spatial design agency, 5th Studio. You can find out more about their work at www.5thstudio.co.uk/

    Cody Dock

    Cody Dock is a former derelict dock and area of industrial wasteland which is being transformed into a thriving creative community space.

    The regeneration of Cody Dock is being led by Gasworks Dock Partnership, a registered charity based in the London Borough of Newham. The ultimate vision is to create a creative industries quarter with new workspace, visitor facilities and public space, which provides jobs and public facilities and fosters a stronger sense of place and civic pride by celebrating the area’s waterways and rich industrial heritage.

    Find out more about Cody Dock here

    Trinity Buoy Wharf

    An oasis of creativity and vibrancy among the busy, bustling docklands, Trinity Buoy Wharf is a thriving centre for the arts industries with a community of over 500 people.

    The site’s history can be seen in the unique buildings, installations and residents, including one of London’s only lighthouse, colloquially known as ‘Bow Creek Lighthouse’.

    Tenants at Trinity Buoy Wharf include English National opera, Royal Drawing School, University of East London and Thames Clippers, while visitors can enjoy an array of delicious food and drink at the Bow Creek Café and Fat Boy’s Diner.

    Find out more at www.trinitybuoywharf.com

  • Before and after photos of Lea River Park 

    Cody Dock

    Silvocea Way

    Cable Bridge

    Three Mills Wall River

    Wharfside Road