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Stoke Newington to Hackney Wick

London. Thu 30 May 2019



 Stoke Newington High St

 Madame Lillie is still on Cazenove Rd, though no longer the shop it was

 Further down the road are large, solid semis

 Springfield Park is high above the Lea Valley, with distant views of nothing much

 Springfield House has a cafe and toilets

 The park slopes down to the River Lea/Lea Navigation

 

 We turned right when we reached the path by the canal where the route goes left

 We walked down as far as the pub, but I wasn't feeling up to having a drink, so we just walked back

 

 We needed to take the bridge over the canal

 and walk along the tow path

 

 This was once a pub

 And The Anchor & Hope still is, though now there was a river between it and us

 We could see the plaque for A V Roe who built the first all British aeroplane hre

 

 Belties keeping the grass down on the marsh

 

 The main traffic on the Lea Navigation was timber and these flats are on a former timber yards

 I photographed this bridge in 1983, when there was still a timber yard here

 

 

 Lea Bridge Road

 The River Lea runs off off to the east of the navigation through the gates here

 

 A locked gate into the Middlesex Filter Beds, now a nature reserve

 'Ackney Enge'. These blocks once supported the beam engine in the Engine House of the waterworks

 and is now an art work, Nature's Throne

 The River Lea

 

 

 and the other side of the gates through which the river flows from the combined river and navigation

 a pipe bridge over the River Lea

 a large circular yard within the waterworks site. We made a detour and spent some time walking around the filter bends

 Hackney Mashses changing rooms

 

 

 

 The block on the site of the Matchbook Toys factory - named Matchmakers Wharf
       

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