Lea Valley Lovesong

As lockdown trundles on, a moment of appreciation for the Lea Valley, the most beautiful part of London, which I am extremely lucky to call my home.

The Valley actually cuts through a huge 26 mile swathe of East London, broadly following the River Lea from where it meets the Thames at Bow right up to Waltham Abbey just on the edge of Essex.

In between, it meanders through the Docklands, the Olympic Park, the Hackney-Walthamstow-Tottenham Marshes, and the beautiful Lea Valley Regional Park.

It also flirts with the fringes of Epping Forest, which itself drifts in and out of East Londoners' consciousness through Wanstead Flats, Hollow Ponds, Highams Park Lake and the Chingford Plain.

Along the way you'll meet the river folk in their cosy canal boats, anglers, cyclists, riders, bird watchers, artists, conservationists and day dreamers napping in the shady meadows. 

I love you, Lea Valley!