After the end of the 2012 London Olympics, an often asked question was: what will become of the sites used in the Olympics? A lot of the public didn't get the chance to visit the park during the Olympics; however they would relish the opportunity to visit at a later date. Now, though, there is a tour which ensures that those who are interested can come and enjoy the park. The Olympic Walk, taking place on a Thursday and a Saturday, offers the opportunity to visit the Olympic Park and discover what the future will be for the Olympic venues.
The tour started at Pudding Mill DLR station (make sure you are on time, as the tour starts promptly) and the first point of call was, not unexpectedly, the stadium, with the tour offering excellent views of the centrepiece of the park. We then continued on to the canal, where we were shown the waterbus intended to ferry spectators to the Olympics, which ended up not being used as much as was expected. Afterwards, we moved along the perimeter of the park and enjoyed the grassland and the trees planted to commemorate the London Olympics.
Other venues we saw included The Copperbox, the Velodrome and the Aquatic Centre. Our extremely informative guide gave us background information on each venue. Apparently the Copperbox, which hosted the handball and modern pentathlon events, as well as the goalball at the Paralympics, is going to be used as a multi-sport community venue. The Velodrome will host the 2016 Track World Championships, whilst the Olympic Stadium will host the 2017 IAAF Athletics as well as several concerts.
The tour took in the Olympic Village which hosted the athletes, and the London Olympics Media Centre, which assisted broadcasts to over 4 billion people worldwide. The tour also gave visitors the chance to see the ArcelorMittal Orbit, a 376 feet tall sculpture and observation tower, which allows visitors the opportunity to view the whole of the park and will re-open to the public in the Spring of 2014.
I don't want to go too much into the information provided, as I feel the tour guide will give a much better representation of the park then I am able to. The Olympic Walk is definitely recommended as it offers individuals the opportunity to get the feel of the park. Plus at only two hours in length, it is short enough to do something else afterwards. I recommend the cable car across the Thames.