The Capital Ring - Walk 1
Bow to Falconwood
As Pudding Mill Lane was the nearest start point for us, we decided to start the walk part way through Section 14. This part of the walk follows the Greenway for most of the route, running from Hackney to Beckton, the path is on top of the Northern Outfall Sewage Embankment where sewage is treated before discharging into the Thames. You also pass by the Abbey Mills Pumping Station which was built in 1868 and was used until 1996, when it was replaced by a shiny new building which can be seen nearby.
Section 15 is a short wander through Beckton, some former docks and a walk alongside the Thames to the Woolwich Tunnel. The Royal Albert Dock was opened in 1880, while the parallel King George V Dock, which opened in 1921, was the last of London's upstream enclosed docks to be built. Both docks closed to commercial traffic in the 1980s. The key feature now of the docks is London City Airport whose runway has been built between the two.
Through the Woolwich Foot Tunnel, built in 1912, and you start Section 1 - the official starting point of the Capital Ring. Along the Thames you can see the Thames Barrier which has been in operation since 1982 protecting the capital from flooding.
Other sights along this section Charlton House, one of the best examples of Jacobean architecture left in London, and Severndroog Castle, an eccentric triangular building, built as a memorial to Commodore Sir William James after his death in 1784.
Distance: around 14 miles.