The Marshes form a natural link between Hackney Marshes to the south and the various reservoirs to the north. To the West, the River Lee carries canal boats to the Springfield Marina and on into London.
In 1909, Alliott Verdon Roe completed the first all–British powered flight here in a Roe I Triplane, which he built in a small workshop in a nearby railway arch. For more on the history of the area, or for information on how to get there, see here or here.
Click here to see the location on a map.
**Edit** A commenter writes to remind us that the Marshes are on National Cycle Route One, and are very easily accessed from Central London by pleasant rides along the canals. Your author wholeheartedly agrees.
**Further edit** London Blogger Diamond Geezer also writes to let us know that this month marks 100 years since Roe's flight and a centenary celebration, featuring a replica plane, is scheduled for Sunday 12th July.