The first new venue to open - and the only new London 2012 venue that the public can use ahead of the Games - the Lee Valley White Water Centre features a 300m competition course and a 160m intermediate/training course, which are both fed by a new 10,000 square metre lake which pumps 15 cubic metres of water per second.
The total drop of the competition course is 5.5 metres with parts of the course reaching 7mph. Temporary seating will have a capacity of 12,000 and will be removed after the Games, when the Centre will become a venue for canoeing and kayaking for the local community and visitors.
From an aerial perspective
Following on from the Games, the venue will be owned, funded and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and run in partnership with the British Canoe Union. This will allow for an extensive sports development programme, and will also see the venue host the 2012 Canoe Slalom World Championships.
The Lee Valley White Water Centre will host the Canoe Slalom and Kayaking events. It will mark the 20th anniversary of the Canoe Slalom being a permanent fixture of the Olympic sports programme.
29th July - 2nd August
- Canoe Double
- Canoe Single
Located 3.8 miles from Lee Valley White Water Centre is Epping Forest. A vast area of natural beauty, the forest spreads out from northeast of the capital city's limits towards the M25 circular. With a cocktail of ponds, parkland and meadows, it is one of London's most magical nature spots.
Lee Valley White Water Centre can be reached via Great Anglia services from Liverpool Street Station to Cheshunt stations. Cheshunt station is a 20-minute walk to the venue.