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Road to Gold

Quick guide

Distance: 3.5 miles

Terrain: Predominately tarmac with some gravel paths

Total elevation gain: 56ft

Cycling time*: 21 minutes

Calories burnt*: Around 130 calories

Starting point: Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3AB

This six mile route starts at the stunning Lee Valley VeloPark then heads north through taking in the local marshes. This route will help you discover the important role the filter beds played in London’s history.

Along the route you’ll find…

Lee Valley VeloPark

Built for the London 2012 games and host venue for the track and BMX events this iconic building now offers visitors the chance to enjoy four cycling disciplines, track, road, BMX and mountain biking all in one location.

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Just before you cross over the bridge from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park you’ll see the fantastic union jack hockey pitch of Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Used during London 2012 for the Paralympic tennis events and subsequently remodelled to include two water-based hockey pitches as well as indoor and outdoor tennis courts.  

Eton Manor

The powerful poem ‘Eton Manor’ by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy adorns one of the external walls at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, bringing the rich history of this site to life. This unique sporting venue also houses a war memorial that serves as a tribute to Eton Manor Club members who fought and died in the First and Second World Wars. The memorial was restored as part of the work on the venue.

Hackney Marshes

These marshes are steeped in history and have seen many developments over the years leaving us with the areas you can see today. The north and south marshes are renowned as the home of Sunday league football and boast 82 football, rugby and cricket pitches. The area is owned and run by London Borough of Hackney.

Middlesex Filter Beds

This once industrial area used to house filter beds that provided clean water for London. Following an outbreak of cholera in 1852 these filter beds, along with a sister set at the WaterWorks Centre were built to ensure that Londoners had access to clean water to help with the prevention of disease. The filter beds were in use up until 1969 when they were closed. Since their closure they have been turned into a wildlife haven offering a thriving mix of open water, reedbeds and wet woodland habitats. It’s a great area to spot amphibians, dragonfly and damselfly plus a whole host of different species of bird.


  • Lee Valley VeloPark

  • Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre 


  • Lee Valley VeloPark

  • Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre (vending machine)

Alternative starting points:

  • Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – E20 3AD sat navs, please use E10 5SQ

You can ride these routes on any type of bike but the best ones to use would be either a mountain or hybrid bike.

Please cycle responsibly in the park, for more information check our cyclists code of conduct.

*Cycling time and calories burnt are calculated using a cycling speed of 10mph and a weight of 10 stone.

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