Walk 1398 - printer friendly version
Greenwich Museum, Observatory & Park Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 2.3 miles / 3.7 km
Ascent - 200 feet / 61 metres
Grade - easy
Start - OS grid reference TQ383779
Lat 51.483152 + Long -0.009665145
Postcode SE10 9LW (approx. location only)
This is not so much a detailed walk description but more about providing an idea for enjoying the outdoors close to the heart of London. The start is Greenwich Pier (grid ref. TQ383779) which has regular service from the centre of London. Alternatively you can catch either Docklands Light Railway or National Rail trains to reach Greenwich.
Prior to starting the walk you might have a look at Cutty Sark which is moored close by and usually identified by the crowds of visitors taking a loo. To start the walk, head downstream along the Thames Path, adjacent to the River, with the river to your left. On your right are the fine buildings of Greenwich University. At the end of these building turn right and continue across a road to enter Greenwich Park.
The first objective is the Royal Observatory which can see ahead on the hillside. Admission charges apply for entry. After exploring the Observatory move on south towards the Blackheath Gate. From here you get a good view south across the suburbs to the south of London. Turn around and bear half right to take Bower Avenue with the flower beds to right worth exploration.
Reaching the first major junction of paths, turn left, and walk diagonally across the park towards the rear of the National Maritime Museum. From here it is a straightforward return back to the start. Taking into account the various attraction in the vicinity, it is easy to spend at least half a day or more visiting this area. Do choose a fine day as the Park is open with very little shelter from the rain.