Extra Walk 215 – Blackheath to Canary Wharf
Length: 12 km (7.5 miles). Toughness: 1/10 10:39
Gillingham train from Charing Cross
(Waterloo East 10:42, London Bridge 10:47), arriving Blackheath
. I suggest loitering on the platform for a few minutes as some might choose to travel on the 10:39
Dartford train from Victoria
, arriving at 11:04
Blackheath is in TfL Zone 3 and Canary Wharf (Jubilee Line and DLR) is in Zone 2.
A short urban walk for those who don't quite see the appeal of long muddy walks in winter. This one is really an excuse for sightseeing in and around the Greenwich
World Heritage Site: the free attractions include an Astronomy photo exhibition at the Royal Observatory
, the art collection in the Queen's House
, the Painted Hall and Chapel of the Royal Naval College
and the exhibits in the Maritime Museum
. After crossing under the Thames in the foot tunnel you'll also get to see the site of Brunel's ill-fated attempt to launch his largest ship, the SS Great Eastern.
There are many possible lunch places in Greenwich but the midweek evening walkers (who do a shorter version of this walk in summer) traditionally opt for the Plume of Feathers
, just outside one of the park's gates. At the end of the walk you'll find plenty of refreshment opportunities in Canary Wharf.
You'll need to print the walk directions (with maps) from the Extra Walk 215