The River Lea is a natural river that has been improved for navigation, with straight sections added in to shorten the route. The Lee Valley Park follows much of the river, providing green open spaces, nature reserves, Lee Valley Park Farms and facilities for a variety of sports and watersports.
River Lea walk
Take a walk along the River Lea and feel better by water. Look out for local wildlife as you go.
The 2012 London Olympics led to a number of projects to improve the Lea Valley waterways for people and nature. A new riverside walkway has been created at the A11 in Bow, the towpath improved for walkers and cyclists and Three Mills House Mill has been restored.
The Lea Valley Walk follows the route along the Lee Navigation towpath, from Waltham Abbey to the Thames at Limehouse Basin. You can enjoy this walk in sections.