We gathered at Charlton station, and Dermot led us down from there to join the Thames Path at the Thames Barrier. The first part of the walk led us round the Greenwich peninsular, with a close-up view of the former Millenium Dome, now the O2.
Past the Dome, the Thames Path can now stay close to the river almost all the way, which basically means that all the riverside factories that were still operational ten years ago have now closed, and as they build the new blocks of flats that are replacing them they are leaving space for the path. We stopped for lunch at the Cutty Sark pub, just short of the middle of Greenwich.
After lunch we got slightly lost in a new development which was not quite finished, just short of Deptford Creek where the mighty River Ravensbourne joins the Thames. We then had to go slightly inland because of Convoy’s Wharf, the one remaining industrial site, although even that has now closed and there is a scheme for flats. The detour took us through Pepys Park, where we saw our first snowdrops.
Our second stop was for tea at Surrey Docks city farm, where some of us spotted a fox alongside the official animals. Our original plan was to make it to Tower Bridge, but by the time we reached Rotherhithe Overground station we had done eleven miles and most of us called it a day, although John — a new member — pressed on.