Filtering Back in Time

Filtering Back in Time

Distance 5 Miles
Terrain Surfaced pathways including a small section of towpath and some sections of grass pathways, walk-around gates, cattle grid and a bridge with steep incline.
Starting Point Lee Valley Ice Centre car park, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QL
Quick guide Two star walking routeOne star running routeNot suitable for cyclingNot suitable for wheelchair accessRefreshments availble on routeToilets availble on route
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  • From the car park head north to the left of the Lee Valley Ice Centre passing through the double gates and a wildlife and heritage information panel.
  • Continue north along the path, on your left is the Lee Navigation and on your right, Leyton Marsh.
  • Proceed over the cattle grid, entering Walthamstow Marshes.
  • Continue north passing under the railway bridge, the A.V. Roe Arches are located on the right and continue along the pathway.
  • Turn left over Horseshoe Bridge, and continue left, passing through the walk-around gate, before turning right into Springfield Park, Hackney.
  • Proceed along the surfaced path up the slope.
  • Turning left at the next junction, proceed up the six steps and to the viewpoint.
  • Continue along the path, passing in front of the Ranger buildings and a shelter on the right.
  • Proceed to the roadside fence and turn right down the hill, following the path to the corner of the Park.
  • Proceed over High Bridge and continue along the road passing Springfield Marina on the right.
  • Continue over the bridge crossing Coppermill Stream and proceed along the tarmac road, keeping the stream on your left.
  • Proceed under a low bridge and turn right in to Coppermill Fields car park
  • Proceed through the walk-around gate and follow the Lee Valley Pathway south through Coppermill Fields.
  • Follow the pathway under the railway bridges and continue south, past the wildflower meadow on your right and Lee Valley Riding Centre on the left.
  • Continue through the Lea Bridge Road underpass, following the pathway passing the Waterworks Nature Reserve on the left towards the river.
  • Cross Friends Bridge onto Hackney Marshes.
  • Continue ahead on the surfaced path, in a southerly direction. 
  • Turn right onto the grass path and proceed to the black double gates at the entrance of the Middlesex Filter Beds.
  • Continue through the gates and follow the pathway, passing the Magic Fish artwork on the left. Proceed around the edge of the site passing wildlife and heritage information panels and continue to ‘Natures Throne’ artwork and the weir at the western edge.
  • Follow the right hand path and turn right at the information panel, out of the Middlesex Filter Beds.
  • Turn right onto the towpath and proceed, crossing the river and past the Princess of Wales pub.
  • Proceed through the underpass bearing to the left onto Lea Bridge Road.
  • Turn left onto the pavement, leading back to the Ice Centre car park.


  • Lee Valley Ice Centre.
  • Waterworks Nature Reserve and Golf Centre - 10 minute walk.


  • Lee Valley Ice Centre.
  • Waterworks Nature Reserve and Golf Centre - 10 minute walk.
  • Springfield Park.

* Please note dogs are not permitted in the WaterWorks Nature Reserve.

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