London TFL Capital Ring Walk: Hackney Wick to Beckton District Park

Whether you are a visitor to London or you have lived there your entire life, the best way to discover all the interesting nooks and crannies of this amazing city is through the TFL Capital Ring walk. The TFL Capital Ring Walk successfully covers 78 miles of open space and natural reserves circling central London, running through some very pretty as well as industrial London neighbourhoods. The TFL Capital Ring Walk is divided into 15 sections with walks of varying difficulty, starting in Woolwich via areas of historical interest and great natural beauty including Crystal Palace, Richmond, Osterley Lock and Highgate.

Section 14 of the TFL Capital Ring walk is from Hackney Wick to Beckton District Park. When I did this walk, I was already very familiar in and around London Fields and Hackney Central (who hasn’t ended up at the Dolphin on a big night out?) but I had never explored the rest of Hackney.

The walk begins at Hackney Wick station. As soon as I stepped off the tube I felt like I was back in Bethnal Green or Shoreditch, but about 10 years ago. It was great not to see a chainstore in sight! We turned left from the station and walked across the bridge to the furthest bank of the canal, passing a lot of cool street art along the way.

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The start of the walk at Hackney Wick station, only one stop from Stratford

I never realised what an awesome place Hackney Wick is. As we walked along the canal toward Stratford, we passed many canal boats converted into pop-up shops and bars, and funky converted warehouse venues serving interesting food and drinks and playing music. The area was lively with people socialising and rowing rented canoes along the water.

Walking along the canal you can see the infamous Stratford Arcelor Mittal Orbit sculpture as well as the Olympic stadium. We kept walking towards Stratford High Street, stopping at the Print House for a quick coffee break. The coffee here was amazing and the staff were very friendly. Particularly because I spilt my coffee everywhere after only one sip and they helped to clean it up and offered me a new latte on the house!

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We had a break at the Print House cafe, a lovely spot for coffee with outside seating

After a quick rest we continued up Stratford High Street and then crossed the Meridian line and took a turn right to walk along The Greenway. Our walk ended in Beckton District park, a lush and and green handsome area only a short walk from Royal Albert DLR station.

Key Statistics:
Miles: 5.45
Time: 1:48:25
Calories: 507

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The view from Hackney Wick station
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Street art in Hackney Wick showing Homer Simpson and Frida Kahlo
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Most of the buildings around Hackney Wick are covered in graffiti art
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The distinctly British scrap metal yard in Hackney
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View of the canal with Stratford Olympic Stadium and the Arcelor Mittal Orbit sculpture in the distance
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Many warehouses along the canal have been converted into bars, clubs and restaurants
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The further we get from London, the more lush and green it becomes
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Beckton District Park was full of families, and people walking their dogs or enjoying the sun
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Known as Building 1000 where many Borough of Newham council staff work
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We finish the walk at the Royal Albert DLR station and head home by public transport

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