London Walk: North Greenwich To Greenwich Thames Path Walk. On Sunday Homeboy and I went on an impromptu stroll with a friend. We met at North Greenwich and walked via the Thames Path to Greenwich. I loved the combination of Canary Wharf views, river beaches and industrial landscape which is why I’m sharing this North Greenwich To Greenwich Thames Path Walk with you. It takes about an hour and when you reach Greenwich you have tons of tourist things to do if you want.
North Greenwich To Greenwich Thames Path Walk Start
Start your journey at North Greenwich station which is on the Jubilee Underground line. When you come out of the station you are greeted with a fantastic view of the O2 Arena live music venue. You may remember when this building was called the Millennium Dome and held an exhibition to celebrate the millennium. The building is located on Greenwich Peninsular overlooking the River Thames.
North Greenwich To Greenwich Thames Path Highlights
Head to the River Thames where you can begin your walk on the Thames Path. On your way you’ll see a giant inverted pylon which looks as though it has fallen over. This is an outdoor art sculpture by Alex Chinneck which is 35 metres tall and weighs 15 tons.
Inverted Pylon by Alex Chinneck
When you reach the Thames Path, you will be bowled over by view of Canary Wharf directly in front of you which is worth a picture or two. All the iconic London buildings are in clear view and ready for you to admire.
In the distance you will also notice the East Greenwich Gas Works structure. It was the last gas works to be built in London and is the most modern. It manufactured town gas from coal. This is the only structure remaining here and was built in 1886. Next to this is the Greenwich Peninsula Golf Driving Range.
East Greenwich Gas Works Structure and Greenwich Peninsula Golf Driving Range
As you saunter along the Thames Path you will see a few mini beaches dotted about. In some parts, with weeping willow leaves cascading in front of you and the sun shimmering on the water, you may think you’re in a tropical location.
With decaying wooden jetty’s in the water and rubber tyres washed up on shore, you also get to enjoy an industrial landscape.
Beach and Tyres
You can’t miss Morden Wharf, it’s a 19 acre site which was formerly a sweeteners refinery. This building and land is going to be redeveloped into a mixed used area with offices and homes.
Keep your eyes open for the Alcatel Jetty which has been planted with a cute moss garden.
Alcatel Jetty Moss Garden
Next to this you will see Enderby’s Wharf which has a history of submarine communication cables.
You might spot a few people walking on the stone beach banks of the Thames nearby.
Stone Beach Banks
New apartment blocks crowd the river banks with views across the Thames.
Trinity Hospital is a group of almshouses built in 1613 and has Grade II* Listed Building status. There is a bench in front which you can sit down on to enjoy the view.
North Greenwich To Greenwich Thames Path Walk End
This walk ends in Greenwich which has many tourist attractions. You will walk past the National Maritime Museum which is a wonderful set of historic buildings forming part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and the Queen’s House. It also incorporates the Royal Observatory.
National Maritime Museum
The Cutty Sark is a famous British clipper ship which can be viewed when you reach King William Walk.
If you want to explore further, you might want to see Greenwich Park where you will find the Royal Observatory and Meridian Line. Greenwich Market is great for shops and street food and is set within a World Heritage site. The Market is open seven days a week from 10am until 5.30pm. There are plenty of restaurants and pubs dotted around so you can enjoy some refreshments before you head home. For more pictures of Greenwich visit my Love Greenwich London Pinterest Board.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Rich and Homeboy for the walk.
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