26th September 11.00 am. "Explore the eastern waterways of the Thames Valley aboard an authentic canal boat"
Starting and finishing at Hackney Wick White Post Lane, E9 5EN. Don't even think about parking there it's a £65 fine within a minute of parking the car!
This memorable trip will explore the history of the Lea Valley past the Olympic Park, Limehouse Reach and the Regent and Hertford Canals, Olympic Park, Three Mills Island. Limehouse Reach, Regents Canal, Victoria Park and Hertford Canal
Rob Smith is an acknowledged expert on this part of London and will regale us with snippets of history and anecdotes along the way.
Some of the route is very much a ‘work in progress’ with huge construction sites cheek by jowl with historical gems like the Three Mills. Get a view of the new Olympic Park
About the day
The nearest station is Hackney Wick (less than five minutes walk) but some people might find Stratford International convenient and you could get a taxi or take a fifteen minute walk from there.
We disembark at the same place but there is an opportunity to peel off at Limehouse reach. There would be no reduction in the price but it’s an option for people with a train to catch
The Alfred LeRoy are happy if people bring picnics or they can provide charcuterie but unfortunately you can’t bring your own booze…very complicated licencing laws when on the water!
11. am Embarkation
White Post Lane, Hackney Wick E9 5EN Turn right and find the boat on the canal
£40 per person
Add £9 ph for charcuterie
Or bring your own picnic
Drinks at regular bar prices Unfortunately licencing laws dictate that you can't bring your own booze