The Leaway

Explore London's new riverside walk in the making.

The Leaway will be a new continuous walking and cycling route connecting Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the River Thames and Royal Docks.

The Leaway will join together some of east London's most interesting attractions to create a must-visit day out, from the world-class sporting venues and picturesque parklands of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the unique heritage destinations of Trinity Buoy Wharf, Three Mills and East India Dock Basin, as well as taking in the beautiful community gardens at Cody Dock and the nature reserve at Bow Ecology Park, before culminating at the Royal Docks and Emirates Airline cable car.

The Leaway will be delivered over the next three years by the London Legacy Development Corporation and the London boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets, and is funded by the Mayor of London, LLDC, LB Newham, LB Tower Hamlets and Transport for London.

The Leaway team are working closely with the Mayor of London, Poplar HARCA, and Gasworks Dock Partnership.

  • We are excited to announce that Twelvetrees Ramp, a major Leaway project, is due to start construction at the start of February and will be open in autumn 2016.

    Twelvetrees Ramp will create a new connection between the existing route from Three Mills and the eastern riverside walk along the River Lea to Cody Dock, stitching together these riverside routes for the first time.

    This is a key Leaway project for Phase 1 of the longer-term delivery of the Lea River Park.

    Buckingham Group has been appointed as the main contractor. They will be producing a regular newsletter about the construction of Twelvetrees Ramp – if you would like to sign up for this or require any further information about the construction work, please contact Mick Tomlinson:

    Hoardings will surround the site but the towpath routes will remain open for the duration of the build, apart from occasional closures to allow for deliveries or heavy plant crossing. These will be limited wherever possible to minimise disruption.

    Please forward this to any interested parties. For further information about the wider Leaway project please contact Pippa Gueterbock:

    We look forward to welcoming you to the opening of Twelvetrees Ramp later this year.

  • Twelvetrees Ramp is intended to be part of a rich array  of heritage structures (such as Bow Locks Bridge) that characterise the area. It will link Bow Locks with Twelvetrees Crescent Bridge and Twelvetrees Gasholders, providing continuity to the wider Leaway route.

    The metal marker, above the entrance to the Ramp on Twelvetrees Bridge, and the new ramp together form a remarkable new park structure, which will help to make the Leaway route more visible to visitors. 

    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.

  • Since London first existed, the River Lea has brought food, jobs, fun, dirt and energy to the city.

    In August 2015, we invited members of the public to join the Leaway team on a fantastical and surprising journey along the River Lea.

    Through a series of events and live music, visitors could explore the incredible natural history of the area, uncovering the part the River Lea played in the story of dirt, pollution and sewage in London. Other events involved an exploration of the cultural story of east London through Grime music, and a story-telling session on the epic industrial history of the area.

    This programme was organised by arts organisation Create:

    Alongside this events programme, Create will commission three artists to create alternative guides to the local area.  Each artist will develop an Odd Guide with local young people whilst exploring the historical, contemporary and anecdotal significance of the River Lea.  The Odd Guides will be published in spring 2016.