The Hollow Ponds, situated on the edge of East London, is a recreation ground that stretches in a triangle from Snaresbrook to Whipps Cross to Leytonstone. By day the area is filled with members of the public involved in various leisure pursuits; joggers, dog walkers, cross country cyclists, horse riders and even kite flyers although some just go for the nature and the landscape. During the summer the boating lake is open where wooden boats can be hired and rowed onto the pond, home to ducks, geese and swans. There is a kiosk and outdoor eating area open all year round selling food and drink appropriate for the type of weather. Hollow Ponds is also an area of much scientific and environmental interest as it is home to some rare species of bird and bat, which has resulted in a protection order on the area.

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