The Thames Path in the western side of Greenwich Peninsula has re-opened after years of closures.
So I set off for a stroll. Spoiler: it’s well worth doing with some spectacular views over the Thames.
I set off from beside new builds at River Gardens and Enderby Wharf.
Enderby Wharf is pretty much complete (well phase 1 anyway) and River Gardens is seeing the last blocks now rising. This area will see a new pub soon at listed Enderby House.
The path changes from nice, new and wide with a cycle lane to very narrow in places and pretty scruffy. Bikes and pedestrians were trying to squeeze past each other continuously.
This area is also the spot of a contentious planned cruise liner terminal.
Head further along and you’ll find your own tropical sandy beach (shame about the tyres mind).
This genuinely felt pretty idyllic in the sun and with barely anyone around. Quite bizarre actually with the teeming mass of Canary Wharf over the river.
The walk passes Morden Wharf. U&I have been threatening to build here for six years but nothing concrete has ever emerged. The latest early plan states 1,500 homes will be built sometime in the future.
Part of the site is currently a bus garage which opened last year. Old routemasters used for events and tourists can just about be made out through a tiny hole in the wall:
Around this spot of a pier that is accessible to the public. A nice place to stroll out over the Thames and admire the views:
I snuck inland at this point though you can meander back towards the Thames. It That would lead past Victoria Deep Water Terminal, past the golf driving range then to the spot where a 10,000 capacity music and entertainment district is being built.
Some industry lives on at the Brenntag site, including chemical storage. Someone had recently set light to this bike. It’s pretty run down. The threatened gasholder can be seen behind:
This leads on to the dire Blackwall Approach. Some trees would help with pollution and make the pedestrian experience slightly less awful.
A winding ramp then leads to a footbridge over the traffic clogged road towards the dome, park, housing and schools. Travelodge want to build a tower here. Plus there’s the new “folly” nearer the o2, which I also visited.
There’s some great old and new views:
So have wander over and enjoy this still-forgotten corner of London. As noted above, Morden Wharf is bound to start one day (with revised early plans submitted just a couple of weeks ago) which could well lead to the next closure.
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