Southern England – Olympic walk, London
Distance: 25km/16 miles
Type: Urban, canalside
Where: Linear walk between London’s 1908 Olympic stadium in White City to the new 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford.
Start/End: White City Underground Station (TQ234807).
Terrain: Flat, easy walking on pavement and towpath, with one set of steep steps.
Maps: OS Landranger 176 & 177; OS Explorer 173.
As the new Olympic stadium and park rise dramatically from largely derelict land in Stratford, east London, the old stadium in the west of the city – used for the 1908 Games – has long been replaced by the BBC’s White City building. Thanks to London’s extensive canal network, the walk from one to the other is almost entirely off-road. The towpaths pass through some of London’s most affluent and deprived areas, and provide an interesting take on the patchwork of communities that make up the capital.
Click below to see a route profile and view the route on an Ordnance Survey map