Walking Matters

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers

Greenwich and environs

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Thames south bank

Thames south bank

There were eleven on yesterday’s walk. The weather forecast was grim; heavy rain was likely for most of the day. There was heavy rain but none of it fell on us. Drizzle started just as we set off from Canary Wharf tube station. This lasted half an hour after which there was intermittent sunshine for the rest of the walk. When we ate our lunch on benches by the Royal Observatory overlooking Greenwich, the Thames and the Isle of Dogs, black clouds to the north and the almost disappearance of buildings indicated a deluge. We stayed dry.

The main section of the walk was seven miles. We headed south from Canary Wharf tube station (DLR exit) through a building and across a footbridge over South Dock. On the other side we turned left and made our way past Millwall Inner Dock by Harbour Exchange to reach East Ferry Road where we turned right and continued to an entrance to Mudchute Park. We walked through the park on a concrete path to Mudchute Farm where we stopped for refreshment at Mudchute Kitchen.

Woman and fish sculpture

Woman and Fish

From here we made our way to the north side of the Thames at Island Gardens via Millwall Park pausing to look at a sculpture by Frank Dobson, Woman and Fish. We crossed the Thames by the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and emerged by the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. By now those wearing waterproofs were too hot.

We walked through the Old Royal Naval College, crossed the road to the National Maritime Museum and made our way to Greenwich Park. The Tourist Information Centre near the Cutty Sark provides a free map of the park and Greenwich town centre. This marks three viewpoints in the park. We went to all three. The views were superb.

After lunch we walked through the Flower Garden then along the east side of the park to the NE exit by Maze Hill. From here we headed for the Thames Path by Greenwich Power Station, turned left and walked back to Greenwich.

Tower of London poppies

Tower of London poppies

The next section was three miles. From Greenwich we took the DLR to Tower Gateway. Five left us to continue to Waterloo via Bank. The remaining six set off in sunshine past the Tower of London (noting the poppies in the moat), crossed Tower Bridge and walked to Waterloo along the south side of the Thames. Large puddles indicated recent heavy rain.

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Author: gandhr

A local group of the Ramblers

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