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
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.
the thames path
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.
Trust your instincts
The fine views don't continue as the path weaves past The O2 Arena as there is a lot of construction work in the area at the time of writing. However, continue on trusting your instincts along the same path. Eventually you will get to the North Greenwich double decker driving range. Feel free to pop in and hit a few balls.
Otherwise continue along the path to Greenwich. You will have to negotiate a small section where the Thames Path ends due to construction work but just try to get back to the river as soon as possible. When you hit the cobbled streets you know Greenwich is approaching.
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.
more trambles in greenwich
There is plenty of things to see and do in Greenwich, and we have created the Trambles to suit. If you want to venture into Greenwich Park or onto the Isle of Dogs to see some farm animals we have you covered. Search for the Trambles below.