I cycled through Collier Row,Chadwell Heath,Ilford,Manor Park,Forest etc until I reached Stratford. I then went through the new Westfield's Shopping Centre in Stratford to reach the Olympic village.
|Wenlock and Mandeville, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots|
Then I was out by the Olympic village, you still can't enter the site due to still building work going on and security reasons no doubt. Still looks like loads left to do with only 59 days left to the start of the 2012 games.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit, observation tower costing 19.1 million.16million came from Britain richest man the steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal.Some 377ft (115m)high.
I left the village behind and the hoards of guided tourists and cycled along Carpenters Lane and across the busy road to join the Regents Canal in Stratford,heading towards Limehouse.
|Sex Pistols theme named boat "NEVERMIND the Bow Locks"|
I now approach Three Mills.The Three Mills are former working mills on the River Lea in the East End of London, one of London’s oldest extant industrial centres. The largest and most powerful of the four remaining tidal mills is possibly the largest tidal mill in the world. It is mainly accessed by a bridge over the Limehouse Cut and River Lea.
The River Lea Tidal Mill Trust Ltd owns the House Mill and the Miller's House buildings, which are used for educational projects and as conference spaces. The Lower Lea Project is also based at Three Mills in The Miller's House. The Prescott Channel, a former flood relief channel, to the east, creates Three Mills Island, and the mills share this with the Three Mills Studios, a 20 acre (81,000 m²) film studio, which makes a large number of major films and television programmes.
|The Clock Mill|
listed building. The House Mill continued to operate until 1940 and the Clock Mill until 1952.
In 1878 there were seven waterwheels at Three Mills. Most of them were around 20 ft in diameter and 3 ft in width, but one was 8 ft in width. There were four in the House Mill and three in the Clock Mill. They drove fourteen pairs of millstones and produced a total of 150 HP (112KW). The average output of the House Mill was about 2 tons of maize and 5 tons of barley per tide rising to 10 and 14 tons respectively on spring tides. The average weekly throughput of the two mills was 125 tons per week.
I continue along Regents canal........
I now approach Bow Locks........
|The locks link the tidal Bow Creek to the River Lee Navigation, which is a canalised river. These locks were first built in 1850 and then rebuilt in 1930, at the same time as the Prescott Channel was cut nearby. At high tide, the tide from Bow Creek formerly flowed through Bow Locks, to raise the level of the canals, such as the Limehouse Cut. But in 2000, these locks were modified to keep the tide out, to reduce silting in the canal system.|
|Protest against Nuclear waste passing through London|
|Loads of military vehicles parked up alongside the canal,possible movie vehicles ?? who knows ?|
|The Docklands Light Railway is carried on a viaduct originally built for the London and Blackwall Railway above the original wharves along the north side of the basin.|
I now leave Limehouse basin and I'm now in Wapping by The River Thames.
I now cycle along The Thames Path.
|A view back towards Canary Wharf.|
Today Shadwell Basin is the most significant body of water surviving from the historical London Docks. It is situated on the north side of the river Thames east (downstream) of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge and west (upstream) of Limehouse.
shopping centre which had cost £47 million to develop and was intended to create the Covent Garden of the East End but the scheme was unsuccessful and it went into administration.
|Dis-used ships at Tobacco Dock|
|Loads of Carp sun bathing|
The Shard etc..... Looking forward to the Shard's observation deck opening in February 2013...views will be amazing.
I now enter St Katherine Dock and stop off for a can of coke and a pastry, only £1.80 was expecting a lot more in this part of London!
St Katharine Docks took their name from the former hospital of St Katharine's by the Tower, built in the 12th century, which stood on the site.
St Botloph without Aldgate.
is a Church of England liberal and inclusive parish church in the City of London, standing at the junction of Houndsditch and Aldgate High Street. The current 18th century church is made of brick with stone quoins and window casings. The tower is square with an obelisk spire.
|30 Axe Street (otherwise known as the The Gherkin)|
30 St Mary Axe (formerly the Swiss Re Building, informally referred to as the Gherkin) is a skyscraper in London's financial district, the City of London, completed in December 2003 and opened at the end of May 2004. With 41 floors, the tower is 180 metres (591 ft) tall, and stands on the former site of the Baltic Exchange building, which was severely damaged on 10 April 1992 by the explosion of a bomb placed by the Provisional IRA.
After the plans to build the Millennium Tower were dropped, the current building was designed by Norman Foster and Arup engineers, and was erected by Skanska in 2001–2003.
I now reach the Station for the journey home.