Bethnal GreenStratford

Betstr one
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Distance

5km/3mi

Ascent

25m

Descent

34m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bethnal Green and Stratford.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bethnal Green and Stratford.

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Reviews - 2

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Problems reported -  No issues flagged

Surveys - 1

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Grade 2: Mostly smooth and compacted surfaces, but there may be some loose gravel, muddy patches or cobbles.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Maybe present Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Not present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Maybe present Long grass sections (1)
Maybe present Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Not present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remove area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (0)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 90.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 15.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 27.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 12.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Very clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

15.0% of the route is on roads (1)

30.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

100.0% of the route is paved (1)

5.0% of the route is muddy (1)

There is no data on rough ground

There is no data on long grass

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2X November 2021 by LR13572468
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Geography information system (GIS) Data

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Start and end points

Bethnal Green
Grid RefTQ3499582781
Lat / Lon 51.52782° / -0.05534°
Easting / Northing534,995E / 182,782N
What3Wordscalculating.bands.dips
Stratford
Grid RefTQ3859784370
Lat / Lon 51.54122° / -0.00282°
Easting / Northing538,597E / 184,370N
What3Wordslively.dices.only

Betstr One's land is

Green urban 24.1%
Urban 75.9%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

 Reviews


Starlton

24 May 2021

This easy and fairly direct route from Bethnal Green station to Stratford station is similar to the default one in Google Maps, but takes in a bit more of Victoria Park as well as a far better course through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park without too much of a detour.

As pointed out in Porcovolente’s review of this route, Victoria Park – which accounts for around one-third of the distance – is closed after dark. During these hours, the more direct alternative routes are not for the faint-hearted and, although it’s not the point of Slow Ways, I’d recommend travelling the two stops between these stations on London Underground’s Central line. But during daylight hours (and acceptable weather), whether you’re after cafes, bars, restaurants, historic walks or family outings, you could easily make a day of it. Or several.

The route starts at the underground exit by Museum Gardens (see photo, showing the Denman fountain and Chiringuito bar/restaurant, with St. John on Bethnal Green in the background). You could make a detour through Museum Gardens and reach Old Ford Road from either Victoria Park Square or (via Sugar Loaf Walk) from Globe Road, but doing so won’t take you past the Museum of Childhood and, immediately after turning onto Old Ford Road, York Hall (see photo). On the same side of Old Ford Road as York Hall is St. Margaret’s House, with the Gallery Café at lower ground level (see photo) followed by a few shops, including the last newsagent/store that you’ll see for a while.

Approach Road is the next turning on the left; this leads (past The Approach Tavern, see photo) to Bonner Gate (see photo) of Victoria Park. Once inside the park, immediately after crossing over Regent’s Canal, turn right – though on a Sunday you might wish first wish to have a look at Victoria Park Market (see photo). The southern path along Victoria Park takes you past a large boating lake (see photo) to the Pavilion Café and public toilets adjacent to it.

Continue over Grove Road and along the southern path of Victoria Park. On your right hand side is the Hertford Union Canal, which you eventually join when the main path starts veering to the left (immediately after the running track). There is a path directly to the canal at that point, or else you could continue on the path parallel to the canal along National Cycle Network route 1, which takes you through a car park to Cadogan Terrace opposite The Italian Job restaurant, where the towpath can be accessed on the right.

After 200 metres, you reach the bridge that takes you over the canal (see photo). Ramped access is found after passing underneath the bridge. As pointed out in Porcovolente’s review, this is the point where a short detour will take you to Hackney Wick. To do so, continue on the towpath and north at Lee Navigation onto White Post Lane. Several breweries are located in Queens Yard next to Hackney Wick station and the area also has many other bars and restaurants. If you stop off for a drink or bite to eat, then you can rejoin the route by crossing the Lee Navigation on White Post Lane, then turn right and aim for the London Stadium.

Alternatively, you could retrace your steps to the bridge over the Hertford Union Canal, but from here on, you may need to use alternative routes due to the vast amount of ongoing development in the area. When I walked this route in May 2021, after crossing Hertford Union Canal and proceeding along Roach Road for about 100 metres, the left turning onto Monier Road footbridge was closed (see photo). I easily found the next footbridge over Lee Navigation a little further on and, after crossing it, walked north on the footpath until I found the east side of the Monier Road footbridge where it meets Bassett Lane.

Walking east on Bassett Lane takes you to the London Way path up to the London Stadium (see photo), and past the Olympic Bell on your left. After 100 metres clockwise around the stadium, turn left onto Stratford Walk towards and past the London Aquatics Centre (see photo), and into Westfield shopping centre (see photo). Finally, bear right to get to Stratford station (see photo) via stairs, lift or escalator.

Photo by Starlton
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Porcovolente

21 May 2021

I did this route from the Stratford end. An easy walking route with no steps (you need to take a lift to bridge level from the station at Stratford). The majority of the route is off road and on wide paths, taking in two parks and a canal.
This is only a daytime route as Victoria Park is closed and gated at night. An alternative would be to take Old Ford Road which skirts the park for part of the way.
Another choice would be to stay on the canal path from St Marks Gate until the gate at the end of Victoria Park but you would need to double back about 50 metres to cross the bridge to Approach Road.
There are plenty of cafes at either end of the route and a couple in the middle in Hackney Wick among the creative studios and new developments. Hackney Wick overground is about five minutes walk from where the route joins the canal.

Photo by Porcovolente
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