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Slow Ways linking Bethnal Green and Canary Wharf, Dalston, Liverpool Street Station, Stratford

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Bethnal Green’s four Slow Ways are 100% checked

Drawn: 4/4
reviewed: 4/4
verified: 4/4
and surveyed: 4/4

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Walk to Bethnal Green from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Bethnal Green—Canary Wharf
Betcan one Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 19m Descent 26m
Bethnal Green—Stratford
Betstr one

Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 25m Descent 34m
Bethnal Green—Stratford
Betstr two Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 24m Descent 34m
Dalston—Bethnal Green
Dalbet one Enjoy me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent 12m Descent 5m
Liverpool Street Station—Bethnal Green
Livbet one Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 5m Descent 6m

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Collective progress

100% of Bethnal Green’s four Slow Ways have at least one route verified and surveyed

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5/5

reviewed

5/5

surveyed

5/5

verified

11 people have contributed to Bethnal Green’s Slow Ways

4 people have pledged to walk and review a route

5 people have surveyed a route in Bethnal Green

21km out of 21km have been walked and reviewed

101km of reviews have been shared in Bethnal Green

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This was an easy to follow and safe urban route...

Dan Barron

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Flat surfaces all the way with exception of the very end at Stratford Station (steps), but here lifts can take you from the station precinct to the bridge into the shopping centre....

Strider

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A mixture of pavement, park, towpath and plaza....

David Sanderson

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An excellent route that is let down by sloppy plotting. Not bad enough to mislead but bad enough to need a lot of interpretation by the user....

David Sanderson

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This route is packed with interest and from a refreshment angle is very well supplied. Full marks!...

David Sanderson

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The navigation is simple, mostly on pavements apart from one section on good surfaced paths through a park, so I won't bother with step by step instructions or a lengthy review....

Hugh Hudson

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This should be an excellent route, but there are a couple of places (the exit east from Victoria Park and the route into the London Stadium) where loose GPX plotting lets it down and is liable to confuse those who don't know the area well. The scenery is excellent - Victoria Park is pretty, and the London Stadium is full of interest. I have submitted a more tightly plotted alternative as BETSTR two, and will write a more detailed review with pictures there....

Hugh Hudson

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A short canal section and a few bridges take us into the Olympic Park and past the London stadium, now the West Ham football ground, and we finish with an easy walk past the Olympic Aquatic Centre and through the Westfield Centre then down the steps to Stratford station....

Hugh Hudson

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Bethnal Green—Stratford

Hugh Hudson added Betstr two, a new walk from Bethnal Green to Stratford

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I walked from Bethnal Green to Liverpool Street....

Strider

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This makes a difference when you get to Mare Street - I followed the pavement and to cross Mare Street you need to walk south about 50 metres to get to a Pelikan crossing and then it makes more sense to walk down Wadeson Street rather than doubling back to go down Vyner Street....

porcovolente

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This is a lovely walk, I'm not sure what I can add that the other reviewers have not already said. Ropemakers Fields is a lovely park full of people exercising. Lovely views along the riverside....

Strider

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We walked from Bethnal Green to Canary Wharf as part of a longer walk following #DalBet One and it is interesting to experience the transition from inner city Hackney to Docklands. From here on, the glass towers of Canary Wharf make it clear where to head following the Thames path. At time of writing (September 2022) there are some major building works closing off the Thames path just beyond the Canary Wharf Clipper Pier (photo 9), but it's straightforward to go up the steps to Westferry Circus and follow Westferry Road down to Canada Square (the first of the mega towers in the Docklands redevelopment, photo 10)....

Jo Wood

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The GPX though London Fields park is slightly more circuitous than it need be, but line of sight to the Broadway market corner makes it easy to follow a slightly more direct route along the paths....

Jo Wood

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There’s a few places you might want to explore along the way including Spitalfields Market and and the Spitalfields City Farm....

LondonIn360

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off road - quite busy and sections of the canal have too many cyclists that don't slow down - so I usually head into Victoria Park at that point and walk through there...

Kate Shurety

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Alongside a Park past a museum (closed atm) the into quiet back streets through well kept housing estates down to the canal....

Strider

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The last little bit after Victoria Park to Bethnal Green is along a mix of quieter and busier roads, but the sections are quite short and it's quite quick to reach the end point....

mtormey

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I walked this route from Bethnal Green to Liverpool Street....

mtormey

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This is a pleasant route mainly off-road through Victoria Park, along canal towpaths and through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park....

Liz R

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I walked this route from Liverpool Street to Bethnal Green. It is short and straightforward - I was able to memorise the route and walk it without any map (tho' I am familiar with the area). Despite its brevity it manages to include a covered market, a Hawksmoor church, the famous Brick Lane curry houses, plenty of graffiti, an urban farm and some parkland....

porcovolente

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Given that the route’s creator thought that the canal is worth the extra half-a-kilometre (which it certainly is), it would surely have made more sense to go down Roman Road directly to Regent’s Canal (as suggested in Porcovolente’s review) – which would hardly increase the total length of the route, but would treble the distance of the Regent’s Canal section. After walking east down Roman Road, the route takes a right turn down Globe Road at the next set of traffic lights. To do this, rather than turning right into Globe Road, continue along Roman Road for about 600 metres to Regent’s Canal. Soon after, Roman Road crosses Regent’s Canal where there is access to the towpath, which runs alongside Mile End Park (see photo). However, it is hard to see why the route does not instead continue along Regent’s Canal as far as Limehouse Basin (see photo), avoiding the need to negotiate Commercial Road....

starlton

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From here it is a very pleasant canalside walk as far as Mile End Park where you cross the canal near the Ragged School Museum and onto Ben Jonson Road. Food and drink can be found at various points on the route around Stepney and Mile End Road as well as at both ends of the route. An alternative which would make the walk slightly longer but much greener would be to stay on the canal path as it runs through Mile End Park until it hits Roman Road....

porcovolente

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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). 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. 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. 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. 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....

starlton

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An easy walking route with no steps (you need to take a lift to bridge level from the station at Stratford)....

porcovolente

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Bethnal Green—Canary Wharf

Slow Ways added Betcan one, a new walk from Bethnal Green to Canary Wharf

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Bethnal Green—Stratford

Slow Ways added Betstr one, a new walk from Bethnal Green to Stratford

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Dalston—Bethnal Green

Slow Ways added Dalbet one, a new walk from Dalston to Bethnal Green

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Liverpool Street Station—Bethnal Green

Slow Ways added Livbet one, a new walk from Liverpool Street Station to Bethnal Green

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Bethnal Green’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ3499582781

Lat / Lon

51.52782° / -0.05534°

Easting / Northing

534,995E / 182,782N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Bethnal Green's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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