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Mills and Thrills

Quick guide

Distance: 4 miles

Terrain: Surfaced paths including roadside pavements and some cobbles, steps and road to cross.

Starting point: Bromley-by-Bow Tube Station


  • From Bromley-by-Bow Tube Station proceed to the pedestrian subway underneath the main road (A12).

  • At the top of the stairs, turn right and walk down the hill.

  • Turn right at Tesco into Three Mill Lane and proceed over the bridge across the River Lee Navigation, Riverside Green is located on the right.

  • Proceed along the cobbled street, bearing to the left passing the Millers House on the left and Three Mills.

  • Continue on Three Mills Green through the walk-around gate and proceed north along the surfaced pathway across the Green.

  • Pass the sculpture and continue through the walk-around gate.

  • Bear to the left onto the pathway and follow the river north to the main road (A11).

  • Turn right along the pavement and right again onto Abbey Lane.

  • Turn left into Abbey Lane Park, following the path on the right.

  • Proceed up the steps / ramp onto the ‘The Greenway’ (Abbey Mills Pumping Station is a short diversion form the route – turn right and continue on the path to the next junction) and turn left.

  • Proceed along the path to the main road (A11) and continue via the pedestrian crossing to the left along the Greenway through a walk-around gate, passing the Yardley box factory on the right.

  • Follow the pathway to the railway line, turning left down the steps and proceed through the alley.

  • Continue on the next section of the Greenway to the main road, crossing the bridge over the River Lee Navigation.

  • At the end of the Greenway, turn right and proceed down the steps onto Dace Road.

  • Turn right along the road, bearing to the right towards Old Ford Lock.

  • Cross the lock over the River Lee Navigation, bearing to the right and cross the bridge over the Old River Lea.

  • Turn right onto the towpath, heading south, passing under the Greenway and railway bridges.

  • Continue to the main road and proceed up the ramp.

  • Turn right along the pavement and cross over at the roundabout and continue straight ahead.

  • Turn left down the slip road to the river, turning right onto the towpath.

  • Continue along the towpath, following the river on the left.

  • At the bridge, proceed up the ramp to Tesco and retrace the route to Bromley-by-Bow station.


  • Millers House, Three Mills Island

  • Tesco


  • Millers House Cafe, Three Mills Island

  • Tesco

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