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Three Mills, a River and Canals! - and HISTORY - we're back in London-but where?

OK This is the new date - May 4th.


The Three Mills are former working mills on the River Lea in the East End, one of London's oldest extant industrial centres.    The name 'Three Mills' refers to the area and now consists of the House Mill, the Millers' Building, Clock Mill and the Three Mills Island, formed by the River Lea and the Prescott Channel.   There were originally up to 9 mills  which ground flour for bread for the city of London and this area with 3 mills was named Three Mills in 1568. Only 2 mills remain now.   Originally there were 7 waterwheels.  The House Mill remains the largest tidal mill in the world, although the water wheels are not in operation. The building is owned by The River Lea Tidal Mill Trust Ltd and is open to visitors on Sunday afternoons during the summer.

Today we are going to walk part of a circular walk along part of the Regent's Canal, which connects the Grand Union canal through Paddington, Camden to the Thames at Limehouse. Starting at Mile End, we'll explore the regenerated Limehouse Basin and then walk along the Limehouse Cut to Three Mills at Bromley by Bow.  We'll then follow the River Lea northwards as far as Hackney, passing the olympic park on our right.  At Hackney we can grab some food before catching the overground 1 stop to Stratford.   Here there are various tubes, trains, DLR to get you home or visit Westfield - the largest shopping centre in Europe.

So we'll meet up at 11 am outside Mile End Underground station and leave at 11.15 sharp. It's a 10 min walk to the Regent's Canal and we will follow this south to the Limehouse Basin where the canal enters Old Father Thames, which we will get a glimpse of. Ther will be lots of photo opportunities along this route and at the basin which has been regenerated and is home for lots of boats. We'll then follow the long straight Limehouse Cut to Bromley by Bow, where the Three Mills site is. Lots of photos here and the House Mill and cafe should be open for those who want to visit.  Walking northwards again along the River Lea, from where we will see the old Bryant and May match factory to our left and the Olympic Park - stadium and Orbit Tower to our right.   The tow path leads us up to Hackney at the junction of the Hertford Union canal which cuts west to join the Regent's Canal again.

At this point we can either leave the river and descend for a bit at the Hackney Pearl before catching the overground to Stratford, or if other want they can continue west and then down the Regent's Canal again to Mile End.   This would make the walk very long - I did it on my reccy and was very footsore!! - distance for the whole ring is about 5 miles!  The other option is to visit the Olympic Park and get some shots there and then walk to Stratford station - we will need to check access from near to Three Mills - we can decide on the day.  STOP PRESS  - this is on and is what I'm doing on the day - see the google map and we will follow the green route up to the park - 20 mins from Three Mills.

Challenges:

1) Black and White picture, bringing out the best of the route's industrial past - this could be a close up, or a wider angle shot.   Try to 'see' your picture in black and white and think about strong contrasts as well as gentler tonal changes.

2) A shot depicting life on and around the canal - you will need to use imagination here.

3) Final challenge - try to use the reflections in the water - if it is sunny this will be great!

4) Final final challenge - anything you want.

Try to think all the time about composition of the picture - rule of thirds, perspective, leading lines, foreground and background interest, focus - aperture - do you want the back or foreground in or out of focus?   Try bending down for the photo or getting up high.

Tips:

1) Walking shoes - it's a long walk. Bring waterproof clothes/layers as can get windy but might be hot. Bring water.

2) Watch out for cyclists! - and dogs.

3) Bring whatever camera you have - and whatever lenses you can carry.

4) For those cameras that can - try to use the manual modes and think for each shot - What is the aperture? What is the speed? What is the ISO?  For those that need help please ask as there are lots of people who will help you.

5) Upload some pics after and please give constructive critique of others so we can all learn to improve our pics.

6) Have fun - that is what it is all about.

I'll try and do a google map nearer the time and will add the link and also will email my phone number nearer the time so you can contact me if lost or can't make it at the last minute.

For those coming up to Waterloo we can meet there is you want at the usual place - I'll again put up the time nearer the date when I've looked them up - remember no Waterloo and City line on Sundays.


Map link: https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=205479868673441719319.0004f572e70639ea7769e&msa=0&ll=51.524339,0.021114&spn=0.08523,0.264187

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  • Peter

    Thanks everyone for coming - you were all great company. Already some brilliant pics.

    May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Peter. Great day out. Hope to join again

    May 5, 2014

  • Helen

    Great fun. Sterling planning job as always Peter. Thank you.

    May 5, 2014

  • Vanessa

    Thanks for organising a fabulous day out Peter. It's always good to see new parts of London; the weather was a bonus and it was great to see other group members too as you are all always such good company.

    May 5, 2014

  • Steve

    Thanks Peter, Really good fun, though my feet are a bit sore...

    May 5, 2014

  • Keith B.

    Excellent day in the sunshine with good people. Thanks peter for organising and for eventually finding us an ale house! :-)

    May 5, 2014

  • Andy

    Great day, extremely pleasent walk, great company and weather too. Thanks Peter.

    May 5, 2014

  • Lynne

    Thank you for organising Peter, it was a great day, brilliant weather and a lovely bunch of people.

    May 5, 2014

  • Kathleen K.

    Another brilliant day out with the group. Perfect weather too!

    May 4, 2014

  • Steve

    Train running a bit late, should be there before 11.15 though. Phone contact no?

    May 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm also away on the 4th Peter. have a good time.

    April 28, 2014

  • JonMo

    Sorry Peter, Im not going to be able to make this new date.. Have a good day out.. catch up with everyone another time..

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Peter sorry I have other commitments on 4 May.
    Hope you all have an enjoyable day.

    April 15, 2014

  • Pam P.

    Hi sorry I can't make the new date, but I hope it's a good day.
    Pam

    April 15, 2014

  • Peter

    Many apologies everyone - I have postponed this meetup - I have had a family bereavement last night and feel that I need to be around this weekend to support the family.

    Apologies again - I have reset the date to May 4th but this at the moment is not definite - so I have closed RSVPs - I will open it again in the next few days with a definite date. The weather was still iffy for tomorrow with some sites saying rain and others heavy cloud.

    I really am sorry to do this at the last minute but feel it is the right thing at the moment. Hope to see you all soon.

    Peter

    April 5, 2014

    • Helen

      Hi Peter. Ditto above sentiment. Absolutely family before photos - and I suspect your prediction about the weather is right too! You take care.

      April 5, 2014

    • Lynne

      Hi Peter, sorry to hear your news, thinking of you. Lynne

      April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to hear of your loss Peter. No apology required.

    April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I'm going to pull out of this trip - I don't want to risk another drenching

    April 5, 2014

  • Lynne

    Peter, sorry but I have made my decision on the weather this morning. It is lovely today so I am off out and will think of you all tomorrow, hopefully not getting too wet. See you all soon. Lynne

    April 5, 2014

  • Derek L.

    Peter, sorry have had to withdraw. Flu-like bug has struck. Shame as it looks an interesting location. Derek

    April 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was really looking forward to this, but I've gone down with the sickness bug that is rife round here, so doubt I will be fully fit for Sunday. Sorry not to be there.- Eileen

    April 4, 2014

    • Peter

      Thanks for the message Eileen - hope you are better soon.

      April 4, 2014

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