126 km / 78 miles
This is an inner London circular orbital route linking parks, commons and open spaces, and very well served by public transport. While there is a significant proportion of hard surface and pavement on the route, there are many sections that seem quite rural, in green parks and woods, round lakes and reservoirs and along rivers and canals, and there are a number of long parkland sections such as in Richmond Park, and many fine views across the distant City from the higher sections.
There are numerous points of interest along the way, highlighted in the well-researched guidebook and leaflets. Leaving the Thames path at Woolwich, the route includes Maryon Park, Woolwich Commons, Oxleas Wood, Eltham Palace, Crystal Palace, Wimbledon Park, Richmond Park, crossing of the Thames at Richmond, Syon Park, Brent River Park, Grand Union Canal, Horsenden Hill, Harrow on the Hill, Fryent Park, Brent Reservoir, Highgate Wood, Queens Wood, Parkland Walk, Finsbury Park, the New River, Clissold Park, the Lea river, the Olympic Park site at Stratford, the Greenway, and finally the Woolwich foot tunnel under the Thames.
The latest edition of the main Aurum guidebook for the route, listed below, includes changes to the route since its previous editions. These are also summarised in the additional information on this publication's page linked below, to help if you are familiar with the previous route or have an earlier edition or older OS maps. The overview leaflet printed by Walk London is available at local libraries or posted out free by contacting Walk London firstname.lastname@example.org or 0870 240 6094
From the start the route soon coincides with the Green Chain Walk to Crystal Palace. The Dollis Valley Greenwalk (10 miles and included on OS mapping) provides a link between the London LOOP and the Capital Ring as does the Thames Path South East Extension to Erith.
The Definitive Guide Cicerone book is a comprehensive guide to walking routes in Greater London dating from 2002.
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