Three Mills, Canals Olympic Stadium!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

On Sunday afternoon I took a walk with Emma in the East End of London. A breezy but dry afternoon. Having grown up around boats and canals, I was keen to explore some of the capital's network of waterways and take a look at an area of the city I've not yet been to.

The walk was circular, about 4.5 miles, and took Bromley-by-Bow station as its start and finish point. The route took us along the River Lea, the Hertford Union and Regent's Canals, detouring to Limehouse Basin (where boats enter and leave the Thames) and winding up along Limehouse Cut.

In the mid-19th century the banks of the River Lea were lined with flourishing industries. Because it was then deemed to be outside the City of London with its pollution regulations, the water and surrounding air quality were dangerously poor. How times have changed! Now this area is a clean, peaceful haven which in just a few months (and don't we all know it!) will play host to the greatest sporting event on earth. Rock on London!

A New Year

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Arlingham, Gloucestershire, New Year's Day afternoon... It was damp and more than a little windy, but the walk along the banks of the Severn was worth it, and a great way to start 2012.  Cobwebs were well and truly blown away!

Across the river, The Forest of Dean, still further is Wales. This section of the Severn is unnavigable, the only water action seen there being the Severn Bore, a tidal surge wave reaching up to 50 feet high, one of the largest of its kind in the world.  If you are born in this area, you know about the bore, but I'd forgotten about it until we came down here for our walk.