The Orient Line heritage trail will be taking place this Sunday, April 10. 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.
Meeting at the Supporters’ Club at 9:30am, this will be the sixth occasion that the walk has taken place.
As far as Steve is aware, no other football club has a heritage trail, The Orient Line brings to life the history of our famous Club and is a great way to spend a spring day.
The walk covers a distance of approximately eight miles in a circular route taking in views of the site of the 2012 Olympic Park, before taking you across Hackney Marshes and then into Clapton and Hackney, then 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 ground which the Orient shared with Lea Bridge Speedway Team during the 1930s. Also en route are the homes of several O’s players around the time of the Great War – three 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 headquarters, 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]