Thamesmead to Greenwich

This section of National Route 1 is largely traffic-free, along the Thames riverside and passing some of the tidal Thames' key landmarks including the Thames Barrier, the O2, the Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark in maritime 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 the river west to Woolwich, with great views of the industrial tidal Thames and its wildlife. Take care crossing the Woolwich Ferry approach road as there are often HGVs coming and going.

At the Thames Barrier 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. 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.

Please help us protect this route

The Thamesmead to Greenwich routeĀ 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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