Monday, 5 January 2015

Thames Path - Greenwich to Thames Barrier

The Final Stretch!

On a cold and sunny day at the end of December 2014 we walked the final part of our Thames Path Walks. 

Date of Walk: 30 December 2014.
Approx Distance of Walk: 4.5 miles/7.2 km.
 Parking/Transport: Public transport to Cutty Sark Station (DLR)
Starting Point: Greenwich Cutty Sark.
Finishing Point: London Thames Barrier



We started our walk at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. It was suitably decorated (even high up on the mast) for the festive season.


The dome-shaped building is the entrance to a foot tunnel under the Thames, through which we walked on our previous visit to this spot.


The skies were clear blue for our walk today but it was quite cold.


Looking back towards Central London, the Shard (the tallest building in Europe) is visible on the skyline.


We turn right and head eastwards past the Royal Naval College, along the cobbled path which is quite slippery where the frost lingers. In the distance the O2 arena will be our next stop.


A brief pause beside the statue of Nelson outside the Trafalgar Tavern...


... and we continue along the path through a quite industrial area, although it is fairly quiet today as we are still in holiday season.


A somewhat confusing sign indicates two different directions to follow the Thames Path. If we go straight ahead, we'll reach the O2 arena quicker but will miss following the true path all the way around the Greenwich Peninsular. We decide to go the long way around.


And it does seem a long way around, especially when your companions waiting at the O2 were expecting us to be 10 minutes away, when in reality it was more like 50 minutes!


The view between the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf reveals the 'Cheesegrater' building in the far distance, also known as the Leadenhall Building in the City of London.


The path continues to snake its way around the peninsular, and we get frequent glimpses of the O2 Arena which seems tantalisingly close.


At last we go inside for a warming cup of coffee. The arena is busy with visitors to an ice show.


Back on the path, we were now joined by my brother-in-law and his wife who had spent the morning on the Emirates Air Line, cable car which crosses the river at this point.


Finally we get our first view of the Thames Barrier.


As we walk away from the dome and the cable car, looking back we can see the 'Orbit' sculpture in the Queen Elizabeth Park.


We walk on towards the Barrier...


...pausing for a quick photo.  Even though it is early afternoon, there is still frost on the ground.


The imposing structure of the Thames Barrier is now close by.


As we walk underneath the barrier, we see all the places we have visited over the last three years during our walks on this 'Profile of the River Thames' etched onto the wall. Boveney Lock and Weir is the closest point to where we live and a place we visit often.


So here we are. At the end of our project.



Time for a little celebration.


Our thanks to Blair and Sue for providing the bubbly and for joining us on a number of the walks.


Here's to Old Father Thames!


It was exactly three years after first deciding to embark on this project that we completed this final stretch. It has been a most enjoyable and interesting series of walks and we have seen lots of places that we would not normally have thought of visiting. We have done it in small manageable stages, averaging about one walk every month.

There are quite a number of walks that I have yet to write up. I am now motivated to finish this task, before starting on our next walking project!

5 comments:

  1. Well done on finishing the walk. I know the Greenwich stretch very well as we often go there whenever we both have time off from work.

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  2. Congratulations. A wonderful achievement . I wonder what is coming next?
    I hope your 2015 puppet reached you safely. Thank you so much for my lovely greetings card xx

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  3. 180 miles of walks! Wow. I've enjoyed seeing all the sights with you. Happy 2015!

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  4. A wonderful walk! I am a Londoner and there is so much of London that I haven't seen - especially the new developments. Thanks for an inspiring post. I really would like to do this walk in particular.

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