Greenwich to Royal Docks Circuit

Report by Ride Leader Amanda

9.30 start. 10 riders. Bright Summer Morning.

The Lifts were out at Greenwich and Woolwich tunnels, so we utilised a new starting location of Greenwich DLR. Some confusion about exact meeting point after which 8 of us got the DLR to Mudchute (3 stops) and made our way to Island Gardens to pick up 2 more riders.

North of the Thames we headed toward Canary Wharf along the Thames Path and Millwall Docks. We rode alongside swimmers at Millwall Inner Dock. Over the footbridge and down the ramp into Canary Wharf, looped along the top level to Westferry Circus, then took a left at the end of Cabot Square down to the lower level. Riding dockside here we passed a part of revellers in a small self-drive electric boat. Heading east went over a new bridge and did a circuit of the newest dockside developments, including a open space with beautiful planting and smart wood decking. Met two new 9ft friends!! We then went down Water Street to exit the Wharf. Continued east and entered Trinity Buoy Wharf through East India Dock Basin. A nice stop over at TBW with enough time for people to enter the lighthouse and hear the Longplayer (21years so far), take some pictures, order coffee etc. Note: 20 minutes is sufficient as it still takes longer to gather everybody after 30 mins.

On to Thames Barrier Park then to Victoria Dock via Dock Road. Here we saw the scuba divers in action. Mistake at Barrier Gardens was that some went through the maze and some did not, leading to precious time wasted as the 2 groups tried to find each other! Under Connaught Bridge that straddles Victoria and Albert Docks, passing pretty wildlife path on the way. My intention was to cross over to Beckton Park for a slight dip in the woods and shade, but we rode dockside on the newly opened and tarmacked section all the way to the end of the docks as we were now in a mad rush to get Bruce back for his restaurant reservation. A bit of a wait for the Ferry that got us across in about 10 minutes. A short diversion path then back along the South side on the Thames path, crossing the A102 bridge and cutting out the North section of the Greenwich peninsula.

We arrived having done a relatively quick run on the way back, compared to meandering along heading out. And hardly late at all.

Thanks to Bruce for assisting and back marking. No punctures – No Jamie!!

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