Thamesmead to Greenwich

This section of National Route 1 is largely traffic-free, along the Thames riverside and passing some of East London’s key landmarks including the Thames Barrier and The O2, and ending at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

Unlike other sections of the Thames Cycle Route further west, much of this route is off the tourist beat, but is still very interesting. You'll go along quiet riverside paths and past working docks shifting tonnes of aggregates and other materials.

From Thamesmead, the route follows a long gravel path west, with views over the river, soon arriving at Woolwich. Take care crossing the Woolwich Ferry approach road as there are often HGVs coming and going.

You need to leave the riverside briefly east of the Thames Barrier, but you rejoin the river where there are spectacular views of this impressive (and increasingly important) landmark.

A lovely new route takes you past The O2. Then on the western side of Greenwich Peninsular, the route is less formal. Take particular care at the Victoria Deep Water Terminal, where you may need to wait briefly if a ship is loading or unloading. There is a short (and not very pleasant) section alongside the A102 before you cut back onto quiet streets and lanes en route to Greenwich town centre. Here you can visit the Old Royal Naval College, the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory or the National Maritime Museum.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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The Thamesmead to Greenwich route is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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