Lea Valley Walk (15.6 miles)
The Lea Valley Walk commences at Waltham Abbey in Essex, from where you’ll meander southwards along peaceful towpaths. The route crosses Cornmill Meadows, with its dragonfly sanctuary; past the King George V Reservoir, favoured by wintering wildfowl such as grebe, goldeneye and teal; the glass and steel of Canary Wharf; several historic locks; and the Tottenham Marshes, with over 100 acres of wetlands.
Bonus short walk: The Line (3 miles)
Short but sweet, this is worth including as an entertaining art walk. The Line starts at Anish Kapoor’s twisting red metal ArcelorMittal Orbit, built for the 2012 Olympics, with Carsten Höller’s slide added in 2016. Walking southwards, you’ll encounter works including Abigail Fallis’ double helix of shopping trolleys, Richard Wilson’s section of a sand dredger, and Anthony Gormley’s Quantum Space. Integrated into the walk is a trip on London’s cable car, with an audio artwork by Larry Achaimpong.
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