Olympic walk: Victoria park, graffiti and Old Ford Lock (part 2)
Along the old canal for a spot of lunch
(Photos/words © urban75, 17th-18th April, 2010)
We walk past Victoria park's fountain and head east along the Hertford Union Canal.
Victoria Park lake, used as a bathing lake until 1936.
The 218 acre park was opened in 1845 after a local MP slammed down a petition of 30,000 signatures in the direction of Queen Victoria.
Originally boasting its own Speakers' Corner, the park features a wide variety of trees including oaks, horse chestnuts, cherries, hawthorns and Kentucky coffee trees.
Enjoying a snack from the cafe that faces the pond in Victoria Park.
The lake hosts the oldest model boat club in the world, the Victoria Model Steam Boat Club.
Founded on 15 July 1904, the club is still active today and holds up to 17 Sunday regattas every year, with the first Regatta traditionally held on Easter Sunday and the Steam Regatta on the first Sunday in July.
Excellently pimped taxi cab.
Hertford Union Canal.
Canal-side graffiti relating to the G20 protest.
Along the Hertford Union Canal.
Canal bridge artwork.
The lovely Lock Keeper's cottage.
A toungue twister, alright.
Graffiti on the Hertford Union Canal.
Our first sight of the new 2012 Olympic stadium.
Canal side old factories.
Old Ford lock.
Fancy pants interface for operating the electric lock gates.
Just below the footbridge, there's a lovely place to have a picnic, where you can chomp your sandwiches on a wooden platform between the two lock gates. But don't tell everyone!
The Hackney Cut canal, which runs through the Olympic site.
More Olympic graffiti.
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