Ride Level: Easy
Any bike | GPX Route | Traffic-free | Cycle paths & trails | 23 miles | 4 to 6 hours
Explore the Docklands past and present on this largely traffic-free, pan-flat route, that exploits the dense network of cycle paths linking the sights of the lower Thames, it’s a great family day out that can be ridden by most on any bike.
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Explore the Docklands past and present on this largely traffic-free, pan-flat route, that exploits the dense network of cycle paths linking the sights of the lower Thames. Packed to the gunnels with tunnels, bridges, and boardwalks, cable car trips, stunning architecture old and new, rivers, docks and canals, along with pubs and cafés galore, it’s a great family day out that can be ridden by most on any bike.
Starting at New Cross Gate (London Overground) the route follows the Thames foreshore to the Cutty Sark at Greenwich. Walk through the foot tunnel and follow the route as it winds its way up through the Isle of Dogs, past the modern towers of Canary Wharf to the Georgian splendour of the Limehouse Basin.
Loosely following the Regents Canal to Victoria Park, the route crosses the busy A102 into the Lee valley proper, across the many footie pitches on the Hackney Marshes. It’s tempting to divert on the MTB trails in the Olympic Park, as you head on south, skirting Stratford to join the Lee Navigation as it passes the beautiful Three Mills Island.
Along Abbey Creek, which actually does look like a Creek, to join the Greenway (turn left for the best views of Bazelette’s Temple to Sewage) towards Beckton for a bit of plane spotting across from City Airport.
Cross the Thames on the mega bike-friendly (they’ll even slow the thing down for you to allow you on) and admire the views of the City and South London before you land on the windswept Greenwich Peninsula.
The Thames path leads back into Greenwich through the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, worth leaving a bit of time to view the famous Painted Hall and discover the less famous Coade Stone Memorial to Nelson, before rejoining the route as it wiggles its way through back streets to New Cross Gate Station.
Start and End Points
New Cross Station
- Distance: 36 km | 23 miles
- Climb: 260m | 850 ft
- Percentage traffic-free: 95%
- Trail surface: Tarmac bike paths | Gravel
- Technical Grade: Green - Easy, suitable for all riders
Places to Visit
2 miles Cutty Sark
11 miles MTB Trails – Velo Park Stratford
12 miles The House Mill – Three Mills Island
13 miles Abbey Mills Pumping Station
18 miles Emirates Cable Car
20 miles Old Royal Naval Hospital
Places to Eat
9 miles Motherworks – Canalside
20 miles Trafalgar Tavern
Is this ride for me?
Can be ridden by most cyclists and is easily shorten if required
Is my bike OK for this ride?
You can ride this route on any bike, even a Boris Bike