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Stratford

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Slow Ways linking Stratford and Bethnal Green, Canary Wharf, Dalston, East Ham, Ilford, Plaistow, Walthamstow

England / Greater London / Stratford

Stratford’s seven Slow Ways are 86% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 7/7
and surveyed: 5/7

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Walk to Stratford from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
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
Canary Wharf—Stratford
Canstr one Review me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 43m Descent 38m
Canary Wharf—Stratford
Canstr two Enjoy me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
Dalston—Stratford
Dalstr one Survey me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 21m Descent 36m
Stratford—East Ham
Streas one Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 7m Descent 4m
Stratford—East Ham
Streas two Review me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 14m Descent 8m
Stratford—Ilford
Strilf one

Double check Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 24m Descent 17m
Stratford—Ilford
Strilf two Enjoy me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
Stratford—Plaistow
Strpla one Enjoy me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent 25m Descent 28m
Walthamstow—Stratford
Walstr one Survey me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 46m Descent 64m

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Collective progress

82% of Stratford’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

11/11

drawn

11/11

reviewed

6/11

surveyed

8/11

verified

21 people have contributed to Stratford’s Slow Ways

9 people have pledged to walk and review a route

7 people have surveyed a route in Stratford

62km out of 62km have been walked and reviewed

224km of reviews have been shared in Stratford

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It's interesting to see the transition from the built up business district of Canary Wharf to the more residential sections through Poplar. Small sections of the route are cobbled (Canary Wharf and Bow Locks)....

Tom

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My nose told me I was walking over sewage but was rewarded by the sight of Crossness Pumping Station, Basalgette's Cathederal....

Strider

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Nicely angled to enjoyed prolonged wintry sunsets. West Ham Park was lovely and there were several other treats. It's only a little shorter than StrEas 1, lengths are just above/below 4.5km....

Daisy C

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Stratford—East Ham

Daisy C added Streas two, a new walk from Stratford to East Ham

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On an overcast Sunday afternoon there was a kind of desolate beauty to walk through the industrial remnants of East London. The finish of the walk in Stratford was mainly along a quiet side street so does not feel as confusing as the Canary Wharf end. This is a quiet walk (by London standards), and there was a stretch of the canal under a bridge that did not look lit....

Lucy Cartwright

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A pleasant, safe and fairly direct London route cutting through some lovely green space. Note that this route won’t always be possible after dusk as Victoria Park gets closed at night time. It’s fairly straight forward to route yourself around it though....

Dan Barron

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A pleasant route wandering through quiet residential streets, past a few train stops in between, and some green space....

Ingrina

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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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David Sanderson took this photo on Strilf two

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Lots of residential areas so a bit dull compared to nearby Slow Ways in part, but varied enough to make up for it....

David Sanderson

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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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We carry on going as straight as possible through residential streets as far as Woodgrange Road, where we turn left and cross the railway at Forest Gate station, where we cross the road, continue and turn right into Sebert Road, which leads us into the Manor Park cemetery, which is full of interesting monumental masonry....

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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Walthamstow—Stratford

Richard pledged to walk Walstr one

But beware puddles the full width of tow path in wet weather....

Daisy C

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It's a great route connecting two busy urban centres with some lovely green space in East London...

Dan Barron

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I do wonder if an alternate route between Stratford Station and Shirley Road that avoids walking along Broadway would be an idea - going via the north perimeter of Stratford Park - might add a bit of scenery as well as being quieter....

Becky OB

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Agree with other reviewers, it's a good route, mostly along the greenway so well away from cars. I've cycled it many times for work and it is well used by locals....

Dan Barron

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The Greenway is a large sewage pipe which has been greened for use as a n elevated walking and cycling route....

Jane Taylor

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A short walk along pavement (or 15m North on the common) to another cemetery, lots of interesting gravestones....

Strider

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Through Poplar with very varied housing, old civic buildings, and a park full of history. A short walk through Stratford high street then along a back street to the station. The varied buildings are geometric and the late evening light picked them out well....

Strider

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Dan Barron surveyed Streas one

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West Ham Park closes at night but it has toilets including accessible toilets and a water fountain....

Dan Barron

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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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Feels safe and accessible and a perfect place to watch the changing seasons in the heart of the city...

Kate Shurety

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great route from Stratford to Walthamstow almost entirely off road with distinct sections that add interest - Hackney Marshes, the canalside, Walthamstow Marshes and heaps of blackberry picking opportunities in the summer and places to stop for picnic...

Kate Shurety

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A great route, dodging rainclouds from the super-shiny world of Stratford and Westfield, through the still-very-neat Olympic park with Anish Kapoor's Orbit tower, over East London canals and touching on Fish Island....

Hannah

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The route was flat and mostly through parks. Quite easy to navigate...

Tim

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The route takes you through London Fields and Victoria Park which are easy to navigate and beautiful to walk through....

Slow Ways Darren

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Slow Ways Darren took this photo on Dalstr one

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It's the route you would take anyway if you didn't know that there was a better alternative than the main road between Stratford and Ilford....

gabrielhyde

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For the next one and a half miles, the route is on mostly quiet residential streets, apart from short stretches or crossings of busier roads. The next half mile or so is along quiet residential streets and along the south edge of the Manor Park section of Wanstead Flats. At the east end of the footpath, the route cuts down to the very busy A118 Romford Road, for the last half mile to Ilford station....

gabrielhyde

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The section of Well Street used is a main thoroughfare out of London so frequently very busy with traffic so I would suggest a detour to avoid it: travelling from Stratford - after Well Street Common and Church Crescent I would turn right into Terrace Road, left into Elsdale Street, left into Loddiges Road and across Mare Street into London Lane....

porcovolente

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Best done in reverse so that you don't finish in the hubbub of Stratford/Westfield and so that you can refresh yourself at the Coppermill pub! It's nice to follow the natural Lea/Lee through Hackney marshes rather than the navigation....

mamesjayne

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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 Walthamstow to Stratford, and I really enjoyed it!...

mtormey

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Stratford—Ilford

Liz R added Strilf two, a new walk from Stratford to Ilford

Canary Wharf—Stratford

Liz R added Canstr two, a new walk from Canary Wharf to Stratford

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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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This is an inner city route mainly on quiet tree lined residential streets....

Liz R

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Stratford

danravenellison surveyed Stratford

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It is a green route in the main, only meeting main city roads at the start and finish....

Liz R

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This is a good route between Stratford and Walthamstow, although at both ends it's very busy with shops and stations....

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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)....

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Stratford

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Bethnal Green—Stratford

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

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Canary Wharf—Stratford

Slow Ways added Canstr one, a new walk from Canary Wharf to Stratford

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Dalston—Stratford

Slow Ways added Dalstr one, a new walk from Dalston to Stratford

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Stratford—East Ham

Slow Ways added Streas one, a new walk from Stratford to East Ham

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Stratford—Ilford

Slow Ways added Strilf one, a new walk from Stratford to Ilford

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Stratford—Plaistow

Slow Ways added Strpla one, a new walk from Stratford to Plaistow

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Walthamstow—Stratford

Slow Ways added Walstr one, a new walk from Walthamstow to Stratford

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Stratford, Sat 24 February

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Stratford’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ3859784370

Lat / Lon

51.54122° / -0.00282°

Easting / Northing

538,597E / 184,370N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Stratford'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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