The Lea Navigation starts at Bow Locks and continues north to Hertford. The Limehouse cut carried barges on to the Thames at Limehouse, or they could go through the locks and into the tidal Bow Creek which is the lower reaches of the River Lea.

Just below the East India Dock Road is perhaps London's most spectacular piece of scenery, where Bow Creek goes through a large 'S' bend before joining the River Thames at Leamouth.

Inside the first bend of the S is now a nature reserve, while the second bend, until recently occupied by the Pura Foods edible oils factory has been levelled to the ground and awaits planning permission and redevelopment, with flats, shops and businesses etc.

Parts of a public walkway from the EI Dock Rd to the end of the river were built in the 1990s but have never opened to the public; a competition for a bridge to take the path over the river below the Lower Lea Crossing (1991) was held a few years ago, but the award-winning design has yet to be built.

There is a walkway on the west side of the first part of the bend going to the road at Leamouth, and some fine views from the DLR viaduct (opened 1994.)

This area was once heavily industrialised, and included one of the country's leading ship-building yards.

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35t33: River Thames with Brunswick Wharf Power Station and Trinity Buoy Wharf,1983

35t34: Bow Creek, River Thames and
Trinity Buoy Wharf,1983

35t65: Bow Creek,1983

35t66: Bow Creek, looking up river, 1983

35t63: Bow Creek, 1983

36a23: Flood Barrier, Bow Creek and West Ham 'B' Power Station, 1983

36a23: Flood Barrier, Bow Creek, 1983

36a25: Flood Barrier, Bow Creek, 1983

36a34: Flood Barrier, Bow Creek, 1983

36a36: Flood Barrier, Bow Creek, 1983

36a12: Bow Creek, west bank (and Brunswick Wharf power station), 1983

36a24: Bow Creek, west bank, 1983

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The River Lea

London's Second River

The River Lea (or Lee) from source to mouth