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The waterways tour

A stroll along the Bow Back Rivers

A volunteer guided walk

Timber on the River Lea

What is the connection between the Aquatic Centre and gin? How did timber yards on the River Lea help Charton Athletic? When would you have heard Italian being spoken in Mandeville Place?

The waterways are a central feature of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and their history tells the story of Stratford's evolution from marshy backwater to modern day visitor destination.

Our volunteer tour guides run walking tours that take you on a loop around the Bow Back Rivers to explain why they are here and how they have changed. The route is just under a mile long, and is on level or gently sloping ground and step-free.

You can book the guided tour by visiting this link, or by calling in at the Information Point next to the Aquatic Centre (which is also the starting point for the journey).

Don't want to wait? You can do a self-guided audio version of the tour as well, using your own smarphone. Click here to find out more.

This page is part of Choose a trail