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The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton

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The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton
Author: thameswater, Published: 02 May 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star0 The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton Walking Guidestar0 The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton Walking Guidestar0 The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton Walking Guidestar0 The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton Walking Guidestar0 The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton Walking Guide
London, Stratford
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile linear walk along London’s Greenway, a raised footpath along the top of the embankment of Thames Water’s northern outfall sewer. The walk starts alongside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with chance to glimpse the park’s distinctive landmarks, and also passes the beautiful Abbey Mills Pumping Station. The Greenway provides a wonderful traffic-free route to enjoy with family and friends.

The walk is almost entirely flat and follows surfaced paths for the whole length. There are no stiles on route, just a couple of wide gates to negotiate, so it would be suitable for pushchairs. The Greenway path is open from 5.30am every day and is locked at 7pm in winter (Oct to Mar) and at 9pm in summer (Apr to Sep). From Feb 2014 to Mar 2015 Thames Water is undertaking works to repair Victorian bridges along the route, so there may be some minor diversions. Dogs are welcome on the Greenway footpath. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

The walk starts from London’s Stratford Station which is in Zone 3 and is served by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), the Jubilee Line, the Central Line and mainline rail services. The walk finishes at Beckton Station which is also in Zone 3 and is served by the DLR. Your return journey between the two stations can be completed with a 20 minute single journey on the DLR.

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Walk Sections

Start to Greenway
Start to Greenway

Start point: 51.5413 lat, -0.0028 long
End point: 51.5342 lat, -0.0066 long

Leave Stratford Station via the main exit signed for town centre and buses. You’ll emerge with the bus station and Stratford Centre directly ahead. Turn right along the pavement (passing the old engine, Robert, on the left) with the DLR platforms running to the right. Continue in the same direction, keeping the rail line close on the right.

As you reach the gates for the London Academy of Excellence ahead, turn left onto the pedestrian walkway, Farthingale Walk. You’ll emerge to a T-junction with Stratford High Street with the Railway Tree sculpture directly ahead. The steel girders are shaped like railway lines and are intended to act as a reminder of Stratford's past connection with industry and the railways.

Cross over the road ahead, passing the Railway Tree on the right, and cross ahead again to reach the pavement on the far side. Turn right along the pavement and follow this for some distance. You will pass Stratford High Street DLR Station on the left and the Travelodge and Holiday Inn on the right.

Cross over the next side road, Rick Roberts Way, via the two pedestrian crossings and keep ahead along the pavement just until you reach the pedestrian crossing within the main road. This marks the point at which the Greenway crosses the High Street. If you take a moment to glance to the right, you’ll see the iconic stadium and orbit viewing tower within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – if you wish to explore this area further there is another iFootpath walk which does just that: The ViewTube and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Greenway to Upper Road
Greenway to Upper Road

Start point: 51.5342 lat, -0.0066 long
End point: 51.5276 lat, 0.0174 long

Turn left onto the Greenway, a surfaced footpath and cycleway which sits on top of the embankment of Thames Water’s northern outfall sewer. This sewer carries the entire sewage of North London to Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in East London. It was designed by Joseph Bazalgette after an outbreak of cholera in 1853 and the Great Stink of 1858, when an unusually hot summer exacerbated the smell from London’s street drains, forcing government action.

Follow the long straight footpath passing several signposts which will confirm your direction as Plaistow. After passing through the brick-sided section which forms the bridge over Abbey Lane, you will see the very impressive original Abbey Mills Pumping Station on the right. This was built between 1865 and 1868 in an elaborate Byzantine style and is often termed The Cathedral of Sewage. Today, the building houses reserve pumps for the operating newer facility next door.

A little further along, you’ll come to a crossroads with a small access road, simply cross over and continue your journey along the Greenway. The path will lead you over the rail line and through the trees to the right you’ll see a large cemetery, East London Cemetery. You will emerge to a crossroads with the next road, Upper Road.

Upper Road to Woolwich Manor Junction
Upper Road to Woolwich Manor Junction

Start point: 51.5276 lat, 0.0174 long
End point: 51.5208 lat, 0.0583 long

Cross over the road using the pedestrian crossing and take the green gateway opposite to continue on the Greenway. Stay on the Greenway, crossing the next three roads; Balam Street, Barking Road and Prince Regent Lane.

In the next long straight stretch you’ll pass the buildings of Newham General Hospital on the right. Cross over the next small road, Boundary Lane, and you will pass Brampton Manor School on the right. Continue ahead passing between rows of terraced houses each side of the Greenway, ignoring the footpaths off left and right. You’ll emerge out to a major road junction, with the A13 flyover visible ahead.

Woolwich Manor Junction to End
Woolwich Manor Junction to End

Start point: 51.5208 lat, 0.0583 long
End point: 51.5144 lat, 0.061 long

Turn right along the pavement, signed for Beckton DLR. Continue in the same direction, using the pedestrian crossings to pass under the A13 flyover. Keep ahead along the right-hand pavement of Woolwich Manor Way.

You’ll pass the entrance to Beckton Retail Park on the left and, immediately after this, use the designated crossing islands to swap to the left-hand pavement. At the roundabout, go straight ahead (crossing Windsor Terrace). As you reach the next set of traffic lights you’ll see Beckton DLR Station on the left, marking the end of this walk. DLR trains run direct to Stratford from this station.

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1 responses to "The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton"

This walk is closed. you cannot walk along it due to major maintenance works.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you so much for letting us know lyndalees - we really appreciate it. We've researched the problem and it looks as though it will be closed until December 2015. We have added a note to the walk to warn everyone else.

By lyndalees on 2015-07-30 18:30:05

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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