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Jogging and walking routes in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
With lockdown more or less over, the desire to stretch those legs beyond the confines of our homes and a good distance from our refrigerators is never greater. Why wait till gyms open only to tread it out on the same old treadmill when there are broader and more scenic horizons in the green spaces of London?
Mainly in Stratford but also stretching into Hackney, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is an idyllic award-winning parkland with serene meadows, waterways and wetlands. Whether you’re a superfit jogger or just looking for a beautiful environment for some secluded strolling, head for London’s largest new green urban space and nature conservation area.
Waterways that take your mind to another place (below)
Its old industrial waterways – including the historic Carpenters Road Lock – had a multi-mllion pound makeover for the 2012 Olympic Games. Built in 1933, the lock has the only double lift vertical radial gates in the world. You’ll probably pass them on your walking or jogging trail.
If you start your run or walk at the park’s main entrance, you will soon pass this waterway (above) on Stratford Waterfront. It runs alongside East Bank, a centrepiece creativity, culture, learning and innovation hub which is East London’s version of South Bank. There’ you’ll find Britain’s first hiphop academy, a London College of Fashion campus and a V&A museum – to name a few. An ambitious and sprawling project still in its early stages.
A jogger and walker on the City Mill River bridge.
Stunning views of West Ham United’s ground the London Stadium
Entering the park from east, west, south or north the jogging or walking options are numerous. Most joggers opt for the picturesque nature trail along the City Mill River and the Old River Lea running around the London Stadium. But there are equally appealing routes in the vicinity of the Wetlands Walk and Olympic Park Avenue, or at the opposite end of the compass towards the Marshgate Lane area of the River Lea – and everywhere in between.
Inspired by the Olympic Park strolling and jogging routes? Check out these facts below.
- It was built in 2012 for the Summer Olympics and Paralympics
- It has 10,000 woodland shrubs and 120,000 flowers and plants
- It covers 102 acres of meadows, wetlands, ponds and waterways
- It has 23 hectares of wildflower meadows which attract bees, birds and butterflies
- There are 150 bat boxes
- The 525 bird boxes attract chaffinches, starlings, reed buntings, blue tailed tits and long-tailed tits.
- Also colourful kingfishers, herons, coots, kestrel, cygnets, ducks, wagtails and comorants
- There is 6.5km of waterways including the canal, wetland bowl and wet woodlands
102 acres of meadows, wetlands and amphibian-friendly waterways, with over sixty smooth newts in this pond alone.
Your route may well take you past the Olympic Park’s Great British Garden which was created for the 2012 Olympic Games and designed by two 10-year-olds Anna Clegg and Rachel Read. They won a nationwide competition and opted for a look that matched natures colours with the gold, silver and bronze medals of the Games. You’ll find the fiery and golden colours of the planting schemes, silver sundial and other design elements reflect the Olympian spirit.
Acres of natural wonders to explore.
Jogger or walker? Ramblin’ or amblin’’? You’ll be spoilt for choice.
I tend to do both
Stroll or jog past the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK’s largest sculpture and the world’s longest and highest slide
Walking & Jogging nature trails in – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park