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Walk #51: Mile End to Enfield Lock


E01	The canal at Mile End. Mile End lock is in the picture, with QMW Halls of Residences to the left.
E05	The view north towards Tottenham Lock.
E01 The canal at Mile End. Mile End lock is in the picture, with QMW Halls of Residences to the left.
E05 The view north towards Tottenham Lock.

General Data

Date Walked 16/10/1999
County London
Start Location Mile End
End Location Enfield Lock station
Start time 10.21
End time 14.38
Distance 12.7 miles
Description This was a pleasant walk along parts of the Regents Canal, Hertford Union Canal and River Lea Navigation.
Pack Today I carried Pennine Way gear minus extra clothes, but I also carried my trainers.
Condition My legs, back and shoulders are all fine. However my feet are *not* fine. I used my walking boots for the first time after finishing the Pennine Way and I had forgotten to put my insoles in after washing them. Have consequently got big blisters on both feet.
Weather Today's weather was very nice, with a mixture of sunshine and thin cloud. It got reasonably warm, but I hardly sweated at all.
OS map London A to Z and Landranger number 177 (East London, Billericay & Gravesend)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


This was a pleasant walk on a day where I needed to do a great deal of thinking. This walk can be surprisingly rural in places, considering that you are in the heart of the East End. One of the better walks I know of in London.


From Mile end tube station (District and Central lines), turn left and pass under the 'Green Bridge'. cross over onto the north side of Mile End road and continue walking until you get to the canal bridge.

Turn right and follow the canal northwards. After half a mile the canal meets the Herford Union canal. Follow the Herford Union Canal to the east.

After 1.25 miles, the Hertford Union Canal meets the River Lea Navigation. Turn left and follow this northwards. From here on it is a simple case of following the River through East London. There are some surprisingly scenic sections, and is one of my favourite walks in London for getting away from it all.

There are some fairly details maps of the Canals featured in this walk on the British Waterways website at the British Waterways website. Also look at Jim Shead's canal pages for more details of this canal.


This walk is dedicated to the memory of Russell Thomas and Owen Love, two colleagues of mine who died in a car crash two days before I did this walk. They will be sorely missed.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Mile End Tottenham Hale 6.0 69 85
Tottenham Hale Enfield Lock 6.7 98 62

This makes a total distance of 12.7 miles, with 167 feet of ascent and 147 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #51
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This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk

Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
50Paddington to Mile End8.3
52Enfield Lock to Harlow Town12.6
65Alperton to Paddington6.4

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