(from a walk on 9 February 2014)
The A13 meets the North Circular Road at Beckton – this is not a pedestrain-friendly area. I began my walk at the Beckon Triangle retail park which was still recovering from the December storms with plenty of scaffolding in evidence around the shop front canopies that had come down in the high winds.
There is a litter strewn footpath / cycleway which runs past the Jenkins Lane refuse and recycling centre and up to the roundabout. I clambered up the bank and onto the limited footpath on the roundabout itself where I have a good view of the newly built wind turbine at Beckton Sewage Treatment Works.
(The image above was actually taken from the North Circular road at the end of my previous walk on 26 January – it’s the best shot I have of the wind turbine.)
As I can’t really walk any further along the North Circular from here – pedestrians are forbidden – I opt to walk back down to the footpath / cycleway any head east along the A13. At this point it is quite a grey morning, but that seems to suit the location.
I cross the A13 via the subway and continue up Jenkins Lane. This is a proper bleak industrial landscape and slightly unnerving with the weather closing in.
Luckily I don’t get too wet. The heaviest rain is off in the distance and pretty soon after this the sun comes out as I head toward Fresh Wharf Estate and Barking…