Lee Valley Regional Park has never stood still; over the last 50 years the park has constantly developed with new areas of parklands created leisure and sports venues opened, and new ones added.
This year, half a century since the park was created, two major new areas are being improved bringing all that the Lee Valley has to offer to even more people: Lea River Park and Walthamstow Wetlands.
Lea River Park
Lea River Park opens up 45 acres of new space creating walkways and cycle paths stretching from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the tranquil East India Dock Basin and the historic Royal Docks, making it much easier to reach three key areas of Lee Valley Regional Park:
The area has a rich history:
Indian Pale Ale was first brewed on the banks of the Lea at the Bow Brewery.
Three Mills is the world’s biggest tidal mill which was listed in the Domesday Book and is now a film studio, home of Master Chef.
Bow Ecology Park is a thriving wildlife sanctuary with newts, water scorpions and flocks of wading birds.
Trinity Buoy Wharf is home to London’s only lighthouse.
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Walthamstow Reservoirs is being rechristened Walthamstow Wetlands as this stunning and hidden area is opened up and transformed into a new urban wetland reserve for London.
Opening this autumn, the Wetlands will open up cycling, walking and running routes linking areas of Lee Valley Regional Park such as Tottenham Marshes and Walthamstow Marshes and making it much easier to visit the whole Lee Valley.
Two historic buildings in the Wetlands are being renovated: the locally listed, Victorian Engine House is being transformed into a visitor centre, café and education space and there will be a viewing platform in the Grade II listed Coppermill Tower.
Four new entrances are being created at Forest Road, Lockwood Way and Coppermill Lane, which will be linked by a new 1.7km foot and cycle path.
Walthamstow Wetlands will be the largest reserve of this type in London giving you the chance to see wonderful wildlife and the area’s industrial heritage.