Unless you live out in the South East of London, it is unlikely that you will get out to visit the Thames Barrier. It is a shame because, apart from being an architectural marvel, the walk back to Greenwich sees the industrial history of the area compete with modern communities. we have a Tramble from the barrier to Greenwich, but it would be equally good on bikes stopping at the riverside pubs on the way.
The Thames Barrier has been operating for over 30 years controlling the water levels into London. The barrier also serves as the beginning of the Thames Path which stretches over 180 miles to Gloucestershire. On the site there is now an information centre where you can find out a lot more about the operation of the Barrier.
Choose to either walk or cycle along the Thames Path. The first part is very industrial but there are a couple of pubs to stop at on the way. As you walk along you will have unrivalled views of Canary Wharf, the Emirates Airline cable car and a curious Ecology Park.
Continue along the path and reach The Trafalgar, a nice spot along the river for a drink. Or continue straight past the impressive Old Royal Naval College and The Cutty Sark to Greenwich Market (5b Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ | Website) for a bite to eat. We can vouch for the Lamb and Halloumi wraps.
The Dulwich Picture Gallery’s history begins back in the mid 17th Century at a similar time to Dulwich College opening its doors. The Gallery draws visitors from far and wide to see its collection of over 600 masterpieces from the likes of Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Poussin.
The Dulwich Picture Gallery | West Dulwich | £7
Dulwich Picture Gallery Girl in the Window, Rembrandt
The Dulwich street art scene has been created in conjunction with The Picture Gallery. Some of the classic works on display in the gallery have been transformed by world-renowned street artists with a modern twist.
Our Tramble takes in the modern interpretations and adds some of the other works that have built up in the area from the likes of Mad C, Thierry Noir and ROA.
Even if you don’t think street art is your thing, there is something fun about seeing a surprising piece of art around the corner.
Fight Club by Conor Harrington Birds of Living – Unknown
Once you have had your fair share of art make sure you take some time to explore the leafy surrounds of Dulwich Park. There are several enclosed gardens to walk around and a boating lake with plenty of animals to see.
Both of our Trambles go through the park at one time or another so if you are following our walk you won’t miss out.
We have been to Kennington Park many times and never found it to be too busy, even when the sunshine is beating down and Londoners are looking for any patch of grass available.
Once dubbed the trendiest game in London by fashion designers and luxury brands, petanque and boules can be played in Kennington’s picturesque Cleaver Square. With the Prince of Wales pub on the corner, grab a drink, hire a set and head out to the court for a game.
Open and vast are two words to describe Peckham Rye, or at least the first half of the Park as you approach from the station.
If we lived locally this would be our favourite summer spot with some bottles of beer and a picnic. But, as we are on a Tramble, walking and exploring the best of Peckham is our priority. So onwards we march.
Deeper in the park you unexpectedly come across a maze of different gardens. They are all lovely to walk through and you will be taking plenty of photos of the surrounds.
If you are in the know then you will be well aware that Dulwich and East Dulwich have an excellent street art scene. This has somewhat spread to the edges of the Peckham boundary near to some of the better pubs and eateries in the area.
We would stop for a drink at The Montpellier (43 Choumert Rd, London SE15 4AR | 020 7635 9483 | Website), before sourcing some food at the laid-back Petitou cafe (63 Choumert Rd, Peckham, London SE15 4AR | 020 7639 2613 | Website). If that isn’t your style there are other options around the corner on Bellenden Road as well. Here is where you will find some street art too.