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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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The Loop of waterways around the London Stadium, which includes the Old River Lea, City Mill River and St Thomas Creek, is now open to public navigation for cruising without the need for prior booking.
Customers wishing to book passage through Carpenters Road, City Mill or Three Mills Lock can now do so by visiting the link here- Licensing at the Canal and River Trust
A minimum 7 days notice is required to make a booking and bookings can be made more than one year in advance. Passage is available 9am to 5pm every day with the exception of closures for maintenance, events security or unsafe weather conditions for navigation. Planned closures will be advertised using our normal channels and procedures.
If you have any queries in relation to lock bookings in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park please contact Enquiries.London@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 0303 040 4040
A map of the waterways is available here.
Known as the Bow Back Rivers, this historic network of waterways was transformed in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of a major investment and clean-up programme.
The six kilometres of rivers in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park were once a key transport network for the industries that lined the river but the decline of canal freight after the Second World War, together with a build-up of silt, saw the rivers become virtually un-navigable and derelict until they were eventually closed altogether by the 1960s.
This all changed with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The waterways were to become the green veins of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and a massive restoration and clean-up operation was put into effect.
Throughout the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we worked with the Olympic Delivery Authority to improve the condition of these rivers. We created new river walls and towpaths, dredged deeper channels, improved wildlife habitats and refurbished disused locks. Since handing the rivers over to the London Legacy Development Corporation in 2012, we’ve continued to work in partnership to breathe new life into these once hidden and forgotten waterways.
From summer 2016 we once again took over the day-to-day care of these rivers, continuing to work closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation. We have jointly produced a strategy – our Olympic Legacy Waterways Framework – which sets out how the waterways can continue to be improved and enjoyed by all in the years to come. If you have any questions about this, please email Enquiries.London@canalrivertrust.org.uk.
Carpenters Road Lock
Come and find out how we've breathed new life into this historic lock.
Why are you charging boats £150 for stopping or mooring in the stadium island loop?
The purpose of the daily charge is to act as a deterrent to boaters. We don’t want to have to ask boaters to move on if they decide to ignore the signs and we hope the high cost will encourage boaters not to stop in the first place.
What will happen if a boat moors in the Park and ignores the signs?
If a boater ignores the signs, moors in the Park and refuses to move, we will as a last resort move the boat a short distance to Bow Free Wharf using our contractors District Enforcement Ltd. where it can be easily collected by the owner.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a dynamic new heart for east London. Make sure you visit soon!
Last date edited: 12 January 2018