The Jubilee Greenway - Walk 2 & Tube Map Walk
Victoria Park to Greenwich and Emirates Air Line
An early start today to be able to have a good walk before the rain started - it was the turn of sections 4, 5 and 6 of the Jubilee Greenway and since I was passing one of the 'stations' on the Emirates Air Line I extending the walk from Greenwich so I could tick the station off on the other side of the Thames.
Section 4 of the Jubilee Greenway starts in Victoria Park which opened to the public in 1845, a mile or so down the walk and you come across another park, this time the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where you follow the Greenway (or as best you can since part of it closed at the moment) to the end of this section. The Greenway runs along the top of the Northern Outfall Sewer, a gravity sewer, most of which which designed by Joseph Bazalgette as part of this London sewerage system following the Big Stink of 1858. Nearby Abbey Mills Pumping Station was also designed by Joseph and finished in in 1868. It is sometimes known as the Cathedral of Sewage and is Grade II* listed - didn't get to see it on this walk as that part of the Greenway was closed.
Section 5 leaves the Greenway and heads down to the Thames at North Woolwich, passing through Becton District Park, New Becton Park and the University of East London campus. Crossing over the Royal Docks and a short stroll along the river bank you come to the Woolwich Free Ferry which takes you across to the south side. However why take the ferry when there is a foot tunnel to be explored. The Woolwich Foot Tunnel opened in 1912 and is 504 meters long.
Section 6 hugs the Thames (with a few inland detours) to link Woolwich with Greenwich. Highlights of this section include The Thames Barrier, operational since 1982 and opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1984, the barrier prevents flooding of London from high tides and storm surges. It is also the official start/end point of the The Thames Path National Trail which follows the Thames from source to barrier (180 miles/290km) though it is possible to walk further along the banks. Still strolling along the Thames you will come to The O2 (previously the Millennium Dome) - Fun Fact - it has twelve 100m high supporting structures, one for each month of the year/hours on a clock face, and is 365m in diameter, a metre for each day of the standard year. Built to house the Millennium Experience (1 January to 31 December 2000) it is now an entertainment district housing an indoor arena, music club, cinema, exhibition space and many bars and restaurants. Nearby is the south (described as west side) station of the Emirates Air Line (Emirates Greenwich Peninsula). This section of the walk end at The Old Naval College, originally part of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich it was used as a naval college between 1873 and 1998.
The extended walk took me through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel where I was rained off (a lot earlier than expected) and called it quits for the day. Luckily the weather improved in the afternoon and I head back out and along the north bank of the Thames into the Royal Docks and finished the walk at the north (east) station Emirates Royal Docks. The Air Line is a 0.62 mile/1km cable car crossing, currently sponsored by Emirates, and was opened in June 2012. It takes approximately 10 minutes to cross, but this is reduced to 5 minutes in rush hour. As I was there I had to take a 'flight' across and ended the day at the O2.
Distance: around 19 miles.