The Black Path

The path would bridge the Hackney Cut (canal) into the old waterworks and across the old sluices towards Lea Bridge Weir.

The path would cut diagonally across Lea Bridge Road towards the Engine Sheds and old waterworks. Totems would mark and record the history of the area that the route goes through.

The path would pass through the wheels towards and through the old waterworks engine sheds.

How the Black Path would be reconnected to flow across the valley so as to retain its rich heritage and enhance the contempoary landscape around it.

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The Black Path

Sometimes the old way is the best way

The ‘Black Path’ is a historic diagonal path dissecting east London. The route has many historic and modern purposes: Pilgrimage to Waltham Abbey and Walsingham; market hauliers bringing produce to London; and as a strategic walking and cycling route.

But over time the route has become disrupted, diverted and split into three after crossing the River Lea. This proposal makes the case for reconnecting the route so that it traverses the valley without losing its sense of richness and complexity – crossing three water courses, delinating historic boundaries and interacting with historic features.

The proposal would allow for minor diversions in the route while maintaining the sense of flow, drawing pedestrians and cyclists in without creating a blunt axial route. The improvements would also incorporate hydro, flood attenuation and natural water cleansing measures.


Connectivity across the capital



Submitted by

Doyle Town Planning + Urban Design

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