The Walk in Pictures 1066 Harold’s Way, Walk 1
Surrey Docks and Surrey Docks Farm, the vast expanse of Greenland Dock, the Dog and Duck Stairs and Greenland Pier all linked by Rotherhithe Street.
In front are the trees of Greenwich Park and the Observatory on the horizon. Here also, is the site of the Tudor dockyard, Drakes Steps and the Royal Victoria Victualling Yard.
Then the waterfront prevents continued access to the river and the final 1¼ miles is mostly through the Deptford’s former Victorian back streets that include the ‘The Dog and Bell’, that beer paradise.
Walk along Watergate Street for a final view of the river with its statuary of Tsar Peter the Great before crossing the Deptford Creek and suddenly and without fanfare you find yourself in Greenwich, in the square dominated by the Cutty Sark, with views over the Thames and the end of Walk 1.
I left Westminster at lunchtime and, with all the sightseeing, it took most of the afternoon to walk to Greenwich. Speed was not an issue as I did not have to meet the challenge of William. This will always be a slow section and for a relaxed walk, take the day, do not push on too hard and find the time to enjoy the finish – Greenwich is worth it.
We used to finish at The Trafalgar for a renowned ‘whitebait supper’ but unless the service and the portions have improved since 2013, I cannot recommend it any more.
I will shortly be trying the Meantime’s Old Brewery in the old Royal Naval College, The Cutty Sark and The Yacht as alternatives in the hope that there will be more of a welcome and better value for money. It is a burden that I must bear.
They say that the best view of Greenwich is from across the Thames. The Greenwich Foot Tunnel will take you to Island Gardens for a cup of tea and West Indian food, at the Island Gardens café, a DLR station and most of all for a memorable photograph standing where Canaletto painted his ‘View of Greenwich’.
I returned to London Bridge by Southeastern Trains but the Thames Clipper from Greenwich makes more of a splash on the way back to town.