Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Thames Path - Canary Wharf to Greenwich

Date of Walk:  23 April 2014
Approx Distance of Walk: 3.5 km (2 miles)
 Parking/Transport: Transport for London
Starting Point: Canary Wharf
Finishing Point: Greenwich
It's over two years since we started another walk from this point on the Thames, at Canary Wharf.

At that time, the route to the Thames Path from Canary Wharf was a bit of a building site. It still is!

But eventually we find our way onto the path and this time we head downstream, away from Central London.

The river makes a big swing from here round to the left, towards Tower Bridge. In the distance to the left of the picture is the recently completed Shard building.

Happily we walk on ...

... passing lots of newly developed apartment blocks...

... and seeing the river traffic pass by. This is a rather ugly tourist cruise vessel.

We stop to eat our lunch in a little park between the houses in Milwall. The rain is just about holding off!

There is fast and efficient passenger ferry service along this stretch which we plan to take at the end of today's walk back to Central London. This is one of the boats speeding up the Thames.

Amongst all the new buildings we have been passing we come across a little piece of history. This is the yard where Brunel's Great Eastern was built, on Burrell's Wharf. The ship was too big to be launched in the conventional way and had to be launched sideways. These timbers are a last reminder of a great shipbuilding industry that thrived here for many years.

After a short while, the sights of Greenwich come into view - the splendid 'Cutty Sark' and the dome of the Royal Observatory on the hilltop.

The Old Royal Naval College comes into view on the opposite bank too.

The path diverts away from the river slightly, and as we make our way toward the Greenwich foot tunnel, we catch another glimpse of the 'Cutty Sark'.

According to the guide book, the view of the Old Royal Naval College is "probably the grandest architectural vista the Thames has to offer". I'd agree with that.

We walk through the foot tunnel...

... where despite the 'no cycling' notices, several cyclists pass us by.

Once across the river, we emerge by Greenwich pier and look back across at the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.

The glass podium that now supports the Cutty Sark and allows views from underneath is impressive.

You can pay for a tour if you wish, but we just went into the gift shop to get this shot of the hull and keel.

Outside we admire the view across to the O2 Arena and have a bit of a wander around the Old Royal Naval College.

By this time we are glad to be able to board the ferry and rest our feet on the ride back to Central London.

1 comment:

  1. It looks such an interesting walk, I bet you were really glad to travel back on the ferry too.


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