Diamond Jubilee landmark unveiled on London 2012 walkway

A gentle stroll or leisurely bike ride can be the perfect way to get to see the city when staying in hotel accommodation in London, as well as get some fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors.

And thanks to one of the many new projects taking place across London thanks to the 2012 Olympic Games, visitors to the capital can now enjoy a new walking and cycling route.

Called the Greenway, it will form part of a much larger 60km London-wide walking and cycling route being built to celebrate this Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which also takes place this summer.

Together, the pathway will link central London Games venues with many of the capital’s favourite parks, attractions, palaces and views.

Earlier this month, a new landmark was constructed along the Greenway in the form of an impression of The Crown and the E II R insignia.

Sixty glass pavement markers make up the work while lighting effects will run through a symbolic 60-second sequence, creating a shimmering effect at night.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester commented: “It is wonderful that the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Games have come together to create a unique emblem on the edge of the Olympic Park that will be enjoyed by people for years to come.”

It follows the recent news that a world-class cycle park is also to be constructed as part of the Olympics ‘Legacy’ programme.

Called Lee Valley VeloPark, it will incorporate a one-mile road cycle circuit and approximately 8km of mountain bike trails around the existing Velodrome at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The park is being designed to offer a place for both keen cyclists and families on a day out in London to take their bikes.

“This scheme will create world-class cycling facilities for everyone to enjoy,” said Shaun Dawson, chief executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

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