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Nortbark one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting North Woolwich and Barking.

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North Woolwich
Grid Ref TQ4319879774
Lat / Lon 51.49877° / 0.06161°
Easting / Northing 543,198E / 179,774N
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Grid Ref TQ4442984321
Lat / Lon 51.53932° / 0.08120°
Easting / Northing 544,429E / 184,321N
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Nortbark One's land is

Urban 100.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Daisy C

23 Jan 2023 (edited 20 Feb 2023) Winter

This route isnt great and part of the mapping is unsafe and difficult. But the area is dominated by very busy and noisy trunk roads and the docks/rivers so options are limited. There are good bits though. Brief section of Thames Path. Roadbridges over the docks are just beneath flight of planes landing at City Airport. Beside the busiest roads you are on foot/bike paths which are green and semi-wooded, still noisy and, in Jan, bad traffic fumes, quite isolated for night walking. Reedbeds at Cuckold Haven Nature Reserve, view back down River Roding from Highbridge Rd and the small ruins of Barking Abbey.

If you're starting at N Woolwich DON'T go anticlockwise around Gallions Roundabout to cross Royal Docks Rd. Cross into centre then leave at Porsche showroom to go up Woolwich Manor Way and foot/bike path from first junction (not over bridge). Early bit of those green paths are a little winding, keep the big road on your right. Further north, the entrance to Cuckold Haven Reserve is not beside Shurgard building, it's further along Jenkins Road (and not locked at night).

Starting from Barking has the same problems but at least it's immediately more obvious which way to go around the roundabout.

I'll upload a revised version with tighter mapping but suggest these improvements:

Using the Thames Path/Capital Ring/Jubilee Greenway for longer (Jubilee Greenway leaves the river sooner but is wheelchair friendly). Unfortunately there is a big construction diversion for TP/CR which will last a while. The Inner London Ramblers' website has up to date and detailed information about the Capital Ring.

Another improvement, near Barking would be to cross the Roding sooner instead of using Fleet Rd (right next to noisy trunk rd). I.e. over the River Roding / Barking Creek lock (probably not for wheelchairs) past houseboat mooring and a view down the creek, then through a quieter residential area.

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