TFL Walks: Hackney Wick to Stoke Newington

My husband and I started to do the TFL Walks at the beginning of the British Summer in a bid to get fit and see more of London. This section of the TFL Capital Ring Walk is one of my favourites. We did the walk backwards and started at Hackney Wick Overground station, then walked along the canal. Hackney Wick is vibrant area known as the New Shoreditch with interesting street art on warehouse walls and along the canal, and an emerging vibrant cafe scene. We stopped at Grow, Hackney for a cafe latte and Peruvian snack along the way.

If you keep along the canal you will eventually reach the River Lea. Here there is ongoing wildlife preservation and more than 200 species of plants growing including cuckoo flowers and purple loosestrife, and many birds such as the green woodpecker and reed warbler. This river forms the boundary between Hackney and Waltham Forest, and from here we entered the Walthamstow Marsh before reaching the very lush and green Springfield Park. This park is in the middle of a relatively wealthy suburban area and is built on a slope so not really ideal for picnics. However there are a few free tennis courts that seemed to be very busy.

Our walk ended when we reached Stoke Newington. This was a traditionally Jewish neighbourhood, which is still evident when you walk through the more residential leafy green streets. Recently however, Stoke Newington high street has become very trendy amongst young hipster due to the number of quirky shops, artisan bakeries and local produce stores on Church Street. We finished up at the very good Spence bakery, where we enjoyed some coffee, cake and cold water after our adventurous walk.

Key Stats:
Miles: 5.01
Time: 1:47:56
Calories: 476

Flossy’s rating: 4/5

You can download a copy of the walking map here.

Here are a selection of photos from our walk. If you know the name of the artworks and artists of the graffiti photographs taken in Hackney Wick, please post in the comments. For full full sized versions of the photographs, please click on the image to be directed to my Flickr account.

Some of the colourful street art of Hackney Wick.

Some of the colourful street art of Hackney Wick.

And I thought my husband was a dragon... the graffiti painting of a man with fire breath.

And I thought my husband was a dragon… the graffiti painting of a man with fire breath.

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Along the canal many channel boats have been converted into homes or shops.

Peruvian skewers with corn at Grow, Hackney.

Peruvian skewers with corn at Grow, Hackney.

Weekends along the canal are busy and the atmosphere is awesome.

Weekends along the canal are busy and the atmosphere is awesome.

Along the canal, most of the walls are painted with street art.

Along the canal, most of the walls are painted with street art.

We saw a family of swans along the Lea River.

We saw a family of swans along the Lea River.

Springfield Park is very lush and green and was relatively empty besides the tennis courts.

Springfield Park is very lush and green and was relatively empty besides the tennis courts.

Spence Bakery on Stoke Newington Church Street.

Spence Bakery on Stoke Newington Church Street.

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