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London River Circular

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London River Circular
Author: wsmart@live.co.uk, Published: 29 Apr 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
London,
Walk Type: Town or city
London River Circular
Length: 9 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A city centre walk from and to Green Park Underground Station taking in many London landmarks and travelling along the River Thames along the South Bank until Tower Bridge and returning along the North Thames Path.

Starting and ending at Green Park Underground Station. Parking is expensive but on Sundays one can park on single yellow lines (check local signs).

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Walk Sections

Start to Clarence House
Start to Clarence House

Start point: 51.5057 lat, -0.1419 long
End point: 51.5028 lat, -0.1389 long

Walk south through Green Park towards Buckingham Palace. Many tourists take the path directly to the Palace is often used by tourists but there is a path behind the houses on the Eastern side. There is a cool view of the Palace through the trees. The path comes out on the Mall alongside Clarence House.

Clarence House to St. James's Park

Start point: 51.5028 lat, -0.1389 long
End point: 51.5022 lat, -0.1393 long

Cross the Mall and enter St. James's Park.

St. James's Park to Cross bridge over lake
St. James's Park to Cross bridge over lake

Start point: 51.5022 lat, -0.1393 long
End point: 51.5026 lat, -0.1354 long

Stroll through St. James's Park along the lake where you can see many birds including Pelicans, Ducks and Geese. Amazing floral and herbaceous borders line the path.

Cross bridge over lake to Birdcage Walk
Cross bridge over lake to Birdcage Walk

Start point: 51.5026 lat, -0.1354 long
End point: 51.5013 lat, -0.1307 long

Cross the bridge in the middle of the lake and continue in the same direction. Leave the park in the South East corner onto Birdcage Walk.

Birdcage Walk to Storey's Gate

Start point: 51.5013 lat, -0.1307 long
End point: 51.5012 lat, -0.1295 long

Cross Birdcage Walk and take the first right into Storey's Gate.

Storey's Gate to Westminster Abbey
Storey's Gate to Westminster Abbey

Start point: 51.5012 lat, -0.1295 long
End point: 51.4997 lat, -0.1289 long

Walk to the far end and come out opposite Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey to Lambeth Bridge
Westminster Abbey to Lambeth Bridge

Start point: 51.4997 lat, -0.1289 long
End point: 51.4948 lat, -0.1248 long

Walk past Westminster Abbey and through Parliament Square. Turn right onto Abingdon Street which becomes Millbank. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and go back a few yards to enter Victoria Tower Gardens. Walk away from the Houses of Parliament towards Lambeth Bridge.

Lambeth Bridge to Blackfriars
Lambeth Bridge to Blackfriars

Start point: 51.4948 lat, -0.1248 long
End point: 51.5085 lat, -0.1033 long

Exit the park and cross Lambeth Bridge. Upon crossing the bridge turn left onto the riverside onto Queen's Walk (There is a fabulous view of the Houses of Parliament) and carry along the riverside mostly going under bridges but there is an occasional road crossing. Walk along the Southbank where there are many opportunities to stop for refreshments or a meal. The walk goes past the London Eye, Festival Hall and City Hall.

Blackfriars to Tooley Street
Blackfriars to Tooley Street

Start point: 51.5085 lat, -0.1033 long
End point: 51.506 lat, -0.0863 long

Continue along the South Bank past the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and move inland for a short while to walk up Clink Street (where there is a famous London prison, hence "Sent to Clink), Past a replica of Sir. Francis Drake's Golden Hind, past Southwark Cathedral and onto Tooley Street.

Tooley Street to Hays Galleria
Tooley Street to Hays Galleria

Start point: 51.506 lat, -0.0863 long
End point: 51.5052 lat, -0.0845 long

Travel along Tooley Street until you reach Hay's Galleria.

Hays Galleria to City Hall

Start point: 51.5052 lat, -0.0845 long
End point: 51.505 lat, -0.0784 long

Walk through the Galleria until you reach the river. The galleria was a ship warehouse that has been converted into a shopping mall. You can easily imagine the tall ships sailing into the Wharf to unload their wares from all over the world.

City Hall to Potters Fields Park
City Hall to Potters Fields Park

Start point: 51.505 lat, -0.0784 long
End point: 51.5044 lat, -0.0762 long

After turning eastwards on the river path you will pass HMS Belfast, the modern City Hall and reach Potters Fields Park. It's a good place to stop for a picnic.

Potters Fields Park to Horse Guards Avenue
Potters Fields Park to Horse Guards Avenue

Start point: 51.5044 lat, -0.0762 long
End point: 51.5046 lat, -0.1236 long

Climb the steps and cross to the north side of the city on Tower Bridge. Before you walk off the bridge there are steps descending from the pavement to place you on the Thames Path. You will come out in front of the Tower of London. Walk past the Tower and then slightly inland to find Water Lane. Follow the signs for the Thames path. The path mostly follows the river bank but occasionally you will need to skirt around a building which is built right to the bank. You will come out onto Victoria Embankment. Walk along this towards Parliament until you reach Horse Guards avenue, a turning on the right.

Horse Guards Avenue to Whitehall
Horse Guards Avenue to Whitehall

Start point: 51.5046 lat, -0.1236 long
End point: 51.505 lat, -0.1263 long

Walk along Horse Guards Avenue to the far end where you will come out to see the Horse Guards HQ being guarded by the ceremonial horse guards.

Whitehall to Admiralty Arch
Whitehall to Admiralty Arch

Start point: 51.505 lat, -0.1263 long
End point: 51.507 lat, -0.128 long

Turn right onto Whitehall to reach Trafalgar Square. Nelson's Column will loom large in front of you. Before entering Trafalgar Square, turn left onto the Mall and walk under Admiralty Arch.

Admiralty Arch to Green Park

Start point: 51.507 lat, -0.128 long
End point: 51.5029 lat, -0.139 long

Walk along the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. At Clarence House turn right to return to Green Park.

Green Park to End
Green Park to End

Start point: 51.5029 lat, -0.139 long
End point: 51.5057 lat, -0.1421 long

Go through the park and return to Green Park Underground Station.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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