Having left the gather gloomy Abney Park Cemetery, we renter the busy streets of Stoke Newington, before crossing towards Stoke Newington Common, broken up by several busy roads and the West Anglia / Lee Valley railway line from Liverpool Street.
After continuing along the suburban back streets we reach the very large Lee Bridge Roundabout, which houses its very own bus terminus in the center. Transport for London describes this as ‘an innovative use of highway space’ which keeps buses off the sides of roads and improves the general environment. It is also wind powered and is surrounded by pear trees to shield it from local residents.
We passed down even more standard shopping parades and pass the Lee Valley Park’s North Millfields Recreation Grounds (a bit of a mouthful). We turned off the Lee Bridge Road onto the Lee River’s towpath, where seemingly hundreds of joggers and cyclists passed us. We also passed under a hideously coloured bright green bridge:
We detour off the main path towards some empty ponds, which my friend complains should be full of water, and some strange concrete structures which were being taken advantage of by a pair of bikers on BMXs.
We cross over the river at a much more subtle, plain concrete bridge and along towards a new housing development, where a mother with a pushchair shouts down her phone.
In Part 5: A nice part panorama, the West Anglia Main Line again, an oil spill in the Lee River, and the long journey home.