Hackney Marshes is an area of grassland on the western bank of the River Lee, forming part of Lee Valley Park, which leads up to Hackney Stadium. The area will be incorporated into the new Olympic Park, which is being built in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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I first discovered the Hackney Marshes one Sunday afternoon while cycling along the canal and what a great discovery it was.
I love how even though I live in London I have access to this wide open space which feels like the countryside as some parts of it are quite overgrown.
If you venture along further into the marshes you will find horses, little bridges and lots of exciting nooks and...more
In my mind, Hackney marshes mark the easternmost boundary of London. Beyond is Leytonstone, and the county of Essex. Within extends an expanse of grassland, woodland, sports pitches and, you guessed it, marsh. It's famous for the Sunday league teams that play here (remember that Parklife Nike ad? Twas shot here) and it's a great spot for getting in a stroll and some much-needed headspace away...more