The Orient Line heritage trail will be taking place this Sunday April 14th. The walk, which was designed and organised by Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club deputy chairman Steve Jenkins and local walk expert Les Banister will start and finish at the Supporters Club.
Departing at 10am this will be the fourth occasion that the walk has taken place.
Former O’s star striker Peter Kitchen will be ‘joining up’ in what promises to be yet another successful ‘running’ of this unique event, certainly as far as Steve and Len are aware, no other football club has a heritage trail.
The Orient Line covers a distance of approximately eight miles and is a circular route taking in excellent views of the site of the 2012 Olympic Park, before taking you across Hackney Marshes and then into Clapton and Hackney, before returning to Leyton via Lea Bridge Road. The route includes the sites of the O’s iconic Millfields Road stadium as well as Lea Bridge Stadium which the Orient shared with Lea Bridge Speedway Team during the 1930’s. Also en route are the homes of several O’s players around the time of the Great War – several commemorative plaques relating to the history of Leyton Orient can also be seen on the walk.
Included are the locations of some of the earliest O’s head-quarters, one of which is now The Elderfield public house in Clapton – this is one of the most popular stops on the route!
There is no cost to take part – just a decent pair of stout shoes or boots (waterproof clothing is also advisable), a snack for lunch and a sense of adventure to enable you to take part in this very enjoyable event.
Steve has a supply of guide booklets available should anyone wish to purchase, priced at £3.99 and can be obtained from him in the Supporters’ Club or by emailing [email protected]