Three Mills Loop

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Graffiti on the Herford Union Canal

The Three Mills Loop is a circular walk around the towpaths of the the River Lea Navigation and the Hertford Union Canal. After a short stop at the edge of Victoria Park, the walk goes past Roman Road towards Bow Quarter and Kingsley Hall. It takes place on the first Sunday of the month.

The walks have been featured in The Stratford Grapevine, East London Advertiser and My London Diary

Starting at 1.00 pm (13:00) from Three Mill Lane; the walk is likely to last three hours (depending on the group). This is a circular walk, and hence we aim to return to Three Mill Lane (by about 4pm).

Meeting Point

The House Mill Cafe, The Miller's House, Three Mill Lane, E3 3DU.


These walks will take place in all weathers.

The Route

Three Mill Lane, East London

The route has been planned with safety in mind. All major road crossing points are pedestrian controlled lights, or subways. There may be crossings on minor roads that are not controlled by lights or have a zebra crossing etc. The towpath and Greenway paths can present some problems. There are steep steps up and down to the Greenway, with inclines as alternatives in most cases.

Along the towpaths, there is one pub on the route. We usually stop at "Growing Concerns" or the corner shop in Parnell Road. There are other shops and pubs as we walk past Roman Road towards Bow Chuch and Kingsley Hall.

Note that this walk is expected to last three hours, and there will be more walking than talking. There are "break points" such as High Street Statford, where a return to the House Mill is possible or to take a bus onwards or homewards.

The full walk in about 7.5 kilometers long (about 4.5 miles).

Points of Interest

  1. House Mill
  2. Three Mills Green
  3. Three Mills Lock (Prescott Channel)
  4. Abbey Mills Pumping Stations
  5. Abbey Gardens
  6. Greenway
  7. Lea Navigation
  8. Lock Keeper's Cottages
  9. Hertford Union Canal
  10. Bow Quarter
  11. Grove Hall Park
  12. Bow Church
  13. Gladstone's Statue
  14. Stroudley Walk
  15. Kingsley Hall
  16. House Mill (ends)

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Some images from previous walks: please add the tag threemillsloop to your images.












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