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|London's Ridgeway: Plumstead to Abbey Wood|
|Author: thameswater, Published: 31 Mar 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile linear walk along London’s Ridgeway, a raised footpath along the top of the embankment of Thames Water’s southern outfall sewer. The path also marks the boundary of Thamesmead, the district built from the late 1960s on former marshland to alleviate overcrowding in other parts of the city. The walk is ideal for those looking for a short stroll in this area of the city. |
The walk follows a mix of grass/dirt track and paved paths, the former of which are generally firm but can be a bit muddy in winter and after rain. There are several large kissing gates on route, designed to accommodate cyclists, and the route is relatively flat. The path through Erith Marshes has several tethered horses so take care with dogs on this stretch. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
This is a linear walk and the start and finish points are both rail stations, so it is easiest to travel by public transport. The walk starts from Plumstead Station and the walk ends at Abbey Wood Station. The stations are both on the same rail line, and the train journey between them takes less than 5 minutes.
|Start to Radio Mast|
Start point: 51.4897 lat, 0.085 long
The walk starts from Plumstead Rail Station. Standing with your back to the ticket office, turn left for just a few yards to reach the junction with the main road. Use the pedestrian crossing to cross the main road and continue ahead over the short bridge to cross the second pedestrian crossing (over Plumstead High Street). At the far side of the crossing, fork left down the underpass ramp and then keep left down the steps. Turn sharp right to reach the green kissing gate and green metal Ridgeway sign overhead.
|Radio Mast to Erith Marshes|
Start point: 51.4946 lat, 0.1015 long
Keep ahead for some distance further on the long straight path. The brambles and scrub each side make a great wildlife corridor in this part of the city. In the spring, the young trees are awash with blossom. Keep your eyes peeled for foxes which use the scrub for cover.
|Erith Marshes to End|
Start point: 51.5028 lat, 0.128 long
Keep ahead on this long straight tarmac lane with horse paddocks to the left. There are also many travellers’ ponies tethered within the park to the right, so take care with dogs. Continue down to the signed junction of paths and turn right, signed for Green Chain Walk. At the next junction keep ahead signed for Green Chain Walk and Bostall Woods. Follow the main path as it swings left and climbs, passing an old cannon on the right. Keep ahead over the footbridge which crosses Wolvercote Road.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author thameswater and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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