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|Greenwich Observatory Trail|
|Author: kevingurden, Published: 14 Feb 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A walk to the Greenwich Observatory from North Greenwich Pier. The walk follows good surfaces, there are no stiles or kissing gates and there is one fairly steep incline.|
The walk starts at the North Greenwich Pier. http://www.visitlondon.com/areas/villages/greenwich-london-hub
|To the Cutty Sark|
Start point: 51.4836 lat, -0.0083 long
Exit the Greenwich North Pier and walk towards the large Discover Greenwich building. As you approach you'll see the Cutty Sark to your right. At the time of writing this was covered in scaffolding following a fire. Apparently this will reopen in 2012.
|Cutty Sark to Discover Greenwich|
Start point: 51.483 lat, -0.0094 long
Retrace your steps back to the former Naval College which is now a large exhibition space called "Discover Greenwich". There is also a side entrance from the Cutty Sark street. Particularly impressive is the circular interactive display showing how Greenwich has changed over the years. Good for getting your bearings.
|Discover Greenwich to Trafalgar Tavern|
Start point: 51.4828 lat, -0.0089 long
Exit the Discover Greenwich building heading north towards the Jetty. Turn right and follow the path alongside the Thames, walking in an easterly direction.
|Trafalgar Tavern to Greenwich Park|
Start point: 51.4847 lat, -0.0047 long
Walk South away from the river along Park Row. Cross Romney Road/Trafalgar Road and continue South past the Maritime Museum on your right. Soon after you'll see the entrance to Greenwich park ahead of you through a wrought iron gate. Enter the park.
|Park Entrance to One Tree Hill|
Start point: 51.4814 lat, -0.0022 long
Keep the funfair area to your left and keep straight on (in the same direction as you walked up Park Row). Follow the path through the avenue of trees until you reach the intersection of 5 paths. Take the second path on your left and follow it up a fairly steep incline to what is known as "One Tree Hill."
|One Tree Hill to Royal Observatory|
Start point: 51.4799 lat, 0.001 long
Walk toward the Observatory in the distance which is the building shown in the photo that has a red ball on its roof. The ball drops at 1pm each day and was apparently used to indicate local time to passing ships.
|Observatory to Plume of Feathers Pub|
Start point: 51.4779 lat, -0.0011 long
Some areas of the Observatory are free but particularly interesting are the Harrison Clocks and the many meridian lines and these cost about £7. The clocks are lovingly cared for and are the lifelong work of a Lincolnshire man who was attempting to win the prize put up by the Government to try and solve the longitude navigation problem for shipping. Behind the "pay wall" can also be seen the various meridians that were pronounced by successive Royal Astronomers including the final Greenwich Mean.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author kevingurden and may not be reproduced without permission.
Great trip but found an inaccuracy which it would be good to see corrected. In the section "Discover Greenwich to Trafalgar Tavern" you write "You'll pass two magnificent buildings including the College of Music". These magnificent buildings are in fact the Old Royal Naval College which is a visitor attraction that is open to the public free of charge. We'd be most grateful if you could amend your copy. With thanks from all at the Old Royal Naval College and we look forward to welcoming people following your tour.
|By on 2012-02-21 10:41:16|
I'll gladly update it - thanks
|By kevingurden on 2012-03-03 17:41:02|
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