Olympic Park, Hackney Wick and Fish Island walk

The Olympic Park, waterways, wetlands, and former industrial areas

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date Post # Weather
Thu, 12-Aug-21 Evening Walk - Olympic Park and Surrounds 8 balmy
Thu, 30-Jul-20 Evening Walk - Olympic Park, Hackney Wick and Fish Island 17 very warm
Thu, 13-Jun-19 Evening Walk - The Olympic Park, Hackney Wick & Fish Island 9 leaden skies
Thu, 06-Jul-17 Evening Walk - The Olympic Park, Hackney Wick and Fish Island [New Walk] 20 hot but dry
Thu, 12-Aug-21
Evening Walk - Olympic Park and Surrounds
Length: 8.5 km/5.3 mi km or 9.3 km/5.8 mi [bailout possible at Hackney Wick Overground (5.5 km)]
Meet at 18.30 hours prompt outside Stratford Station (Mainline, Overground, Underground, DLR), next to ‘Robert’, a heritage locomotive displayed on the station forecourt on the Town Centre side (i.e.: not the Westfield side)! [see the pdf directions for how to get there from your platform w/o fault]
This walk follows a meandering route through Stratford City, a development preceding the idea of London applying to hold Olympic Games, and including the very large Westfield Shopping Centre, as well as through the neighbouring Olympic Park and past its surviving Olympic venues, one of the largest urban parks created in Western Europe for more than 150 years, and designed to enrich and preserve the local environment, by restoring wetland habitats and planting native species of plants along the River Lea and the Bow Backwaters. It is still a work in progress, in its continued transition from sports venue to public park, with many new neighbourhoods and amenities added since the 2012 Games.
This is combined with a detour through parts of the adjacent former industrial areas now famous for artists’ spaces and independent micro-businesses, but undergoing speedy regeneration: Hackney Wick (South) and Fish Island. These areas are still noticeably shaped by their former mix of (often polluting) industries in this complicated space, dominated by railways, canals, locks, river arms, channels, flood plains.
For a shorter walk, start from Stratford International DLR Station, passed after 850m.
For a much
shorter walk, Hackney Wick Overground Station is passed after 5.5 km/3.4 mi.
For a southerly extension follow the Greenway on top the Northern Outfall Sewer.
Refreshments: Plenty of options en route, for details check the pdf.

For a detailed route map, gpx/kml file, photos and pdf directions click here. T=short.27

  • 12-Aug-21

    8 walkers tonight in balmy weather

    A bike race was on at the outdoor circuit at the Velodrome, which was quite entertaining, as the groups of cyslists passed us many times as we followed the route around the course back into the park. Surprisingly, and for the first time, there were no route obstructions due to still more building works and we just sailed through w/o any deterrent. Plenty more bars, pubs and restaurants have opened even since last year; peak eating/drinking out has clearly not arrived yet in Hackney Wick.

    There, we did make our customary stop for drinks at the Crate Brewery, but only 1 punter was undeterred by a 40 minute waiting time for a pizza to also order food. In the event, we stayed that long anyway...

    There we had also met up with a cyclist we had bumped into twice before, a local SWC stalwart. On to Stratford then, where 4 went for a meal, while 3 went straight home (1 had already walked on earlier w/o turning into Crate).

Thu, 30-Jul-20
Evening Walk - Olympic Park, Hackney Wick and Fish Island
Length: 8.5 km/5.3 mi km or 9.3 km/5.8 mi [bailout possible at Hackney Wick Overground (5.5 km)]
Meet at 19.00 hours prompt outside Stratford Station (Mainline, Overground, Underground, DLR), next to ‘Robert’, a heritage locomotive displayed on the station forecourt on the Town Centre side (i.e.: not the Westfield side)! [see the pdf directions for how to get there from your platform w/o fault]
Note: Route revised again in March 2020, to reflect the ongoing works in the Park and surrounding areas.
This walk follows a meandering route through Stratford City, a development preceding the idea of London applying to hold Olympic Games, and including the very large Westfield Shopping Centre, as well as through the neighbouring Olympic Park and past its surviving Olympic venues, one of the largest urban parks created in Western Europe for more than 150 years, and designed to enrich and preserve the local environment, by restoring wetland habitats and planting native species of plants along the River Lea and the Bow Backwaters. It is still a work in progress, in its continued transition from sports venue to public park, with many new neighbourhoods and amenities added since the 2012 Games.
This is combined with a detour through parts of the adjacent former industrial areas now famous for artists’ spaces and independent micro-businesses, but undergoing speedy regeneration: Hackney Wick (South) and Fish Island. These areas are still noticeably shaped by their former mix of (often polluting) industries in this complicated space, dominated by railways, canals, locks, river arms, channels, flood plains.

For a shorter walk, start from Stratford International DLR Station, passed after 850m.
For a much
shorter walk, Hackney Wick Overground Station is passed after 5.5 km/3.4 mi.
For a southerly extension follow the Greenway on top the Northern Outfall Sewer.

Refreshments: Plenty of options en route, for details please check the pdf.
For a detailed route map, gpx/kml file, photos and pdf directions click here. T=short.27
  • 31-Jul-20

    12 at the start, with 2 starting later (arriving independently but walking together), 2 others also arriving late, walking more or less straight to Crate Brewery, then after a drink or two walking the route backwards to the Beer Merchants Tap, where most of the others were just leaving and joining the walk for the rest of the route, plus 1 that arrived at some point by bike and - pushing it - joined the walk for a while, incl a drink or two.

    Westfield Shppoing Centre and the Olympic Park, the canalside barge cafes and pubs, breweries etc, everything was as busy as if nothing had ever happened in the last 4 months or so. The paths are mostly wide enough though to still move between the people serenely and safely. Great to see that the park has come on so nicely (just talking about the plantings here and the public realm), money well spent.

    At the end most retired to the Stratford (Hotel's) Brasserie by the I'nal DLR station, a very fine place (just the right type of location for the SWC Xmas Party we thought, if stretching the budget a little, perhaps).

    We left at 22.45 or so...

    17 very warm

Thu, 13-Jun-19
Evening Walk - The Olympic Park, Hackney Wick & Fish Island
Length: 8.5 km/5.3 mi km or 9.3 km/5.8 mi [bailout possible at Hackney Wick Overground (5.5 km)]
Meet 18.30 hours prompt outside Stratford Station (Mainline, Overground, Underground, DLR), next to ‘Robert’, a heritage locomotive displayed on the station forecourt on the Town Centre side (i.e.: not the Westfield side)! [see the pdf directions for how to get there from your platform w/o fault]
This walk follows a meandering route through Stratford City, a development preceding the idea of London applying to hold Olympic Games, and including the very large Westfield Shopping Centre, as well as through the neighbouring Olympic Park and past its surviving Olympic venues, one of the largest urban parks created in Western Europe for more than 150 years, and designed to enrich and preserve the local environment, by restoring wetland habitats and planting native species of plants along the River Lea and the Bow Backwaters. It is still a work in progress, in its continued transition from sports venue to public park, with many new neighbourhoods and amenities added since the 2012 Games.
This is combined with a detour through parts of the adjacent former industrial areas now famous for artists’ spaces and independent micro-businesses, but undergoing speedy regeneration: Hackney Wick (South) and Fish Island. These areas are still noticeably shaped by their former mix of (often polluting) industries in this complicated space, dominated by railways, canals, locks, river arms, channels, flood plains.
Note: compared to 2017, the route has changed substantially in the middle part due to ongoing building works.

For a shorter walk, start from Stratford International DLR Station, passed after 850m.
For a much
shorter walk, Hackney Wick Overground Station is passed after 5.5 km/3.4 mi.
For a southerly extension follow the Greenway on top the Northern Outfall Sewer.

Refreshments: Plenty of options en route, for details please check the pdf.
For a detailed route map, gpx/kml file, photos and pdf directions click here. T=short.27
  • 14-Jun-19

    9 under leaden skies with a few attempts to break out into drizzle.

    A jolly group followed the leader, who had edited the write-up just 5 weeks ago and yet found that things had changed yet again since then, especially in the middle section, as frantic building projects in Hackney Wick and the parts of the Olympic Park close to it mean that paths get closed and/or re-routed all the time.

    En route, we had a well-deserved break at Crate Brewery on the Hackney Cut and at the end of the walk - after some indecisiveness - settled for the ever-reliable The Real Greek for a meal. All but one partook in that.

    5 of us then went on to Tap East in the far corner of the Westfield Shpopping Centre for some overpriced-but-del sour beers or ultra-dry ciders. Fab.

Thu, 06-Jul-17
Evening Walk - The Olympic Park, Hackney Wick and Fish Island [New Walk]
Length: 8.8 km or 10.2 km [Bailout possible at Hackney Wick Overground (4.9 km)]
Meet 18.30 hours prompt outside Stratford Station (Mainline, Overground, Underground, DLR), next to ‘Robert’, a heritage locomotive displayed on the station forecourt on the Town Centre side (i.e.: not the Westfield side)! [see the pdf directions for how to get there from your platform w/o fault]
This walk follows a meandering route through Stratford City, a development preceding the idea of London applying to hold Olympic Games, and including the very large Westfield Shopping Centre, as well as through the neighbouring Olympic Park and past its surviving Olympic venues, one of the largest urban parks created in Western Europe for more than 150 years, and designed to enrich and preserve the local environment, by restoring wetland habitats and planting native species of plants along the River Lea and the Bow Backwaters. It is still a work in progress, in its continued transition from sports venue to public park, with many new neighbourhoods and amenities added since the 2012 Games.
This is combined with a detour through parts of the adjacent former industrial areas now famous for artists’ spaces and independent micro-businesses, but undergoing speedy regeneration: Hackney Wick (South) and Fish Island. These areas are still noticeably shaped by their former mix of (often polluting) industries in this complicated space, dominated by railways, canals, locks, river arms, channels, flood plains.

For a much shorter walk, Hackney Wick Overground Station is passed after 4.9 km/3.1 mi.
For a southerly extension follow the Greenway on top the Northern Outfall Sewer.

For a detailed route map, gpx/kml file and pdf directions click here.
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  • 03-Jul-17

    Intend going.

  • 07-Jul-17

    18 walkers assembled at the stated start time outside Stratford Station and - after waiting for a few minutes - went ahead, leaving both the walk author and the walk checker stranded, who - independent of each other - had fallen foul of London Transport's offerings.

    The 20 walkers were soon united though and proceeded in hot but dry weather, which defied the forecast thunderstorms and downpours (although some rumblings were close for a while, and about 10 drops of rain hit us along the way).

    Everyone seemed to enjoy the convoluted route through the Park and its neighbouring environs, so much so that 9 of the total took to drink in Hackney Wick at the Crate Brewery & Pizzeria. The walk-checker and the other 10 walkers continued the route back to Stratford, where about half of the people had a drink at The Cow, and 6 of us (incl. some of the Hackney Wick drinkers) then had a meal at the Real Greek, an agreeable chain restaurant in the Westfield Shopping Centre (although it took ages for the food to arrive).