The Tour de France is coming to London next Monday (7 July) with the route including part of the Lea Bridge Road, a modest walk from South Tottenham.
The world’s most famous cycle race is primarily held in France, but this year includes some UK stages. Monday’s part of the race sees competitors cycling from Cambridge through Essex and then on to north, east and central London before finishing on The Mall.
This excellent interactive map of the whole day’s route also shows crucial details such as elevations. Last year’s winner Chris Froome is part of a multinational squad in “Team Sky”, although Bradley Wiggins did not make the cut.
The nearest point of the Tour de France to South Tottenham is a roughly 40 minute stroll down the River Lee and across Walthamstow Marshes.
The racers will come from the east, along Lea Bridge Road, before turning left down Orient Way to head to the Olympic Park. Many of the side roads along the route will be closed or restricted until the race has passed.
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This weekend and next, MuralOnTheMarsh is coming to Walthamstow Marshes.
This art project replaces tagging on railway arches with uplifting art from local artists and illustrators, taking inspiration from the marshes & nature.
Join the walk around Tottenham Marshes this Sunday organised by Tottenham Civic Society and the Friends of Tottenham Marshes:
“Some of the wildflowers we could find in the meadows include Bee Orchid, St.John’s Perforate Wort, Field Scabious and several species of Crane’s-bill, and butterflies feeding on them might include Common Blue, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. Let’s hope for a warm day to bring out the dragonflies such as Black-tailed Skimmer, Southern Hawker, Banded Demoiselle and Red-eyed Damsel, a variety of hoverflies and various grasshoppers and crickets.
“Our summer visiting bird species such as Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler will be on family duties whilst our resident species such as Song Thrush, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Long-tailed Tits may well have young that have already fledged. There is a chance we may see a Sparrowhawk or Kestrel, both of which have nested on the marshes, and perhaps a pair of Peregrine Falcons which have attempted unsuccessfully to breed during the past couple of years, as in such cases they often remain in the area. With optional visit afterwards to Ferry Boat Inn or Stonebridge Lock cafe.”
The walk leader will be David Cottridge from the Friends of Tottenham Marshes.
Meet at 10.30am, Sunday 7 July at the Waterside Centre, Stonebridge Lock, N17 OXD.