Best walks in Stratford

Maybe you work at or are a resident of Stratford Cross, or perhaps you have heard about and want to explore the 560 acre Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or maybe you just want to break up your shopping trip by stretching your legs with some fresh air.  Whatever your reason, we’ve rounded up some of the best walks in and around Stratford for you to try.

March 2024

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) has hundreds of acres of beautiful parkland for you to explore. Amongst these are dedicated walking and running trails of various lengths and difficulties. Some even tell a story or have engagement points throughout, so if you’re enjoying it with a little one there’s something to keep them entertained throughout.

One of the best walks in Stratford is the London 2012 Trail. You can follow the key milestones of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, keeping fit while reliving the successes of Team GB. Or try the Parkland and Wildlife Trail and discover more about the park’s amazing biodiversity. For downloadable maps and activities for each trail, visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website.

The Lee Valley

Once an area where people did unsavoury things like illegal gin distilling, gun powder making and meat packing, the Lee Valley is now one of East London’s best kept secrets.

The Leaway is a lovely, continuous 26 mile route for walkers, runners and cyclists and you can find out more about some of those routes here. Along the route, you can expect to pass historic sites like The House Mill and the creative community space Cody Dock.

Victoria Park

Located in nearby Tower Hamlets, historic Victoria Park provides a simple but enjoyable circular route.  Walk, or even run, around the outskirts of the park, take in the scenery and cool down by the fountain.

If you’re looking for something a little longer, disembark at Mile End Station and wander along the side of Regent’s Canal (one of the most atmospheric canal walks in London) until you reach the Pavilion Café. Then start your loop.

For full information about the park, including opening times, visit the Tower Hamlets website.

The Jubilee Greenway

One of our only walks to start in Central London and lead you East, the Jubilee Greenway was created in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

At 60km long, it’s one to be tackled in sections if you’re not a seasoned walker. But you’ll take in some of London’s major landmarks in each stage. In the section running through East London, you can expect to see Victoria Park, Chapel Market, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Camden Market. In the City of London you’ll pass Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace.

Once completed, you can celebrate by downloading your very own certificate from the Transport for London website.

Once you've explored all the best walks in Stratford, why not tell us your favourite over on our Instagram page.  Looking for places to eat whilst you are in the area, find out more here.