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Canary Wharf

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Slow Ways linking Canary Wharf and Bethnal Green, Canada Water, Greenwich, Liverpool Street Station, Monument, North Woolwich, Plaistow, Stratford

England / Greater London / Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf’s eight Slow Ways are 88% checked

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 8/8
verified: 8/8
and surveyed: 4/8

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Walk to Canary Wharf from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Bethnal Green—Canary Wharf
Betcan one Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 19m Descent 26m
Canary Wharf—Greenwich
Canagre one Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 14m Descent 18m
Canada Water—Canary Wharf
Cancan one Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 20m Descent 17m
Canary Wharf—North Woolwich
Cannor one

Review me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 39m Descent 47m
Canary Wharf—North Woolwich
Cannor two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Canary Wharf—Plaistow
Canpla one

Double check Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 43m Descent 49m
Canary Wharf—Plaistow
Canpla two Enjoy me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Canary Wharf—Stratford
Canstr one Review me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 43m Descent 38m
Canary Wharf—Stratford
Canstr two Enjoy me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
Liverpool Street Station—Canary Wharf
Livcan one Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 103m Descent 95m
Liverpool Street Station—Canary Wharf
Livcan two Review me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Monument—Canary Wharf
Moncan one Survey me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 70m Descent 73m

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Collective progress

75% of Canary Wharf’s eight route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

12/12

drawn

12/12

reviewed

4/12

surveyed

8/12

verified

19 people have contributed to Canary Wharf’s Slow Ways

15 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in Canary Wharf

68km out of 68km have been walked and reviewed

183km of reviews have been shared in Canary Wharf

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It's interesting to see the transition from the built up business district of Canary Wharf to the more residential sections through Poplar. Small sections of the route are cobbled (Canary Wharf and Bow Locks)....

Tom

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I walked this route from Plaistow to Canary Wharf. - The route down the back Barking Road was fine, but if you prefer a more lively route, then follow the main road instead! - For ease of navigation, and for a more pleasant route, I would stay on the footpath around the Poplar Dock Marina and Blackwall Basin...

Tom

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At Canning Town tube these are correct and very helpful, as long as you realise they involve going underground, but in other places they seem to be an inadvertent mistake. Also be warned that phone apps might not be giving you your correct position, again it's better to rely on old school methods. Access wise the main obstacle is the steep and long steps at Blackwall Basin, the footbridge over to Canning Town has steps at both ends but also lifts....

Daisy C

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On an overcast Sunday afternoon there was a kind of desolate beauty to walk through the industrial remnants of East London. The finish of the walk in Stratford was mainly along a quiet side street so does not feel as confusing as the Canary Wharf end. This is a quiet walk (by London standards), and there was a stretch of the canal under a bridge that did not look lit....

Lucy Cartwright

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I started walking from Plaistow underground station which is just over a kilometre from the start of the route along reasonably quiet streets. From the start of the route you could just walk straight down the A124 which is lined with shops most of the way to Canning Town but the detour to a parallel side road offers a quieter alternative....

porcovolente

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But beware puddles the full width of tow path in wet weather....

Daisy C

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Steve Litchfield took this photo on Canagre one

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Starting from the base of the iconic One Canada Square, the route takes you immediately due south to a revolving door (photo 2) and through a short indoors section and out again to cross the beautiful South Quay Footbridge (photo 3). The route takes you along South Dock, and then south into West India & Millwall Docks (photos 4 & 5) before crossing the dock via the Dutch styled Glengall Bridge (photo 6). The route then follows a very brief (50m) section of road before crossing and entering into Millwall Park (photos 10 & 11) where my daughter was pleased to be distracted by a decent child's playground. From here it's a very short walk to the end of the route on Greenwich Church Street (photo 15)....

Steve Litchfield

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A section of it by the Excel Arena is temporarily closed but having diverted around to the other side I can vouch for the connection and it was not worth a fail. The meandering route through a residential area in North Woolwich at the end seemed rather pointless when we walked it on a Saturday afternoon as the main, direct road was not busy at all. Overall though, this a well conceived and plotted route....

David Sanderson

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A really enjoyable walk starting across the City of London, going down historic Cable Street and following the Thames Path (where it can) to Canary Wharf. Safe, varied, direct and avoids the busiest roads for the most part. Numerous stops and shops throughout....

David Sanderson

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Liverpool Street Station—Canary Wharf

David Sanderson added Livcan two, a new walk from Liverpool Street Station to Canary Wharf

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Through Poplar with very varied housing, old civic buildings, and a park full of history. A short walk through Stratford high street then along a back street to the station. The varied buildings are geometric and the late evening light picked them out well....

Strider

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There were some building works at Trafalgar Way/Charter St (pedestrian diversion but fairly trivial) and a larger one just east of the Excel Centre, longer diversion via Victoria Dock Rd (but there was a map)....

Daisy C

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Sadly the Thames Path is very sporadic with diversions in place at Canary Wharf as a bridge is out, and Limehouse where there is a sink hole....

Slow Ways Darren

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This route is OK, it weaves on and off the Thames path due to various sections being temporarily closed off. There are stairs on the route. It probably isn't the most direct route between the two places but this means there are extra stretches along the river....

Dan Barron

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This is a lovely walk, I'm not sure what I can add that the other reviewers have not already said. Ropemakers Fields is a lovely park full of people exercising. Lovely views along the riverside....

Strider

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I walked from Canary Warf to Canada Water. The walk starts alongside the Wharf between glass towers, then a detour, the way is temporarily blocked (I took the orange line on the map photo) but there are alternative ways to get to Canary Wharf Pier to catch the ferry across the river to the Double Tree Hilton. There is then a conical hill which if 60 steps does not put you off has amazing views of the surrounding city....

Strider

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We walked from Bethnal Green to Canary Wharf as part of a longer walk following #DalBet One and it is interesting to experience the transition from inner city Hackney to Docklands. From here on, the glass towers of Canary Wharf make it clear where to head following the Thames path. At time of writing (September 2022) there are some major building works closing off the Thames path just beyond the Canary Wharf Clipper Pier (photo 9), but it's straightforward to go up the steps to Westferry Circus and follow Westferry Road down to Canada Square (the first of the mega towers in the Docklands redevelopment, photo 10)....

Jo Wood

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Starting from the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, which I last visited on a school trip 40 years ago, the route takes you down the steps into Greenwich Foot Tunnel (there is a lift option to avoid the steps)....

David Sanderson

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This route was fairly easy to follow, but got tedious and noisy on the midsection (into Canning Town and through into Blackwall). Enjoyed the view of the Lyle's Golden Syrup factory, O2 Arena. The route did the job....

ShortLegsLongWalk

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After passing the Excel exhibition centre, the route moves into the residential/industrial area which might be less interesting but certainly recommend the route....

v199629

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This is basically the same route as MonCan1 but with an extra stretch from Liverpool Street to Monument and passing through south Wapping rather than on the northside. It is worth checking out the reviews of that route for more opinions. As it stands the route to Monument is down very busy streets....

porcovolente

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Apart from the short stretch along Eastcheap there is no walking along busy roads and much of the route follows waterways....

porcovolente

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Canary Wharf—Plaistow

Liz R added Canpla two, a new walk from Canary Wharf to Plaistow

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There is a problem with this route at Canning Town where it uses a footbridge that doesn't exist and goes through a building site. Canning Town is a fast changing area with many developments ongoing....

Liz R

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Canary Wharf—Stratford

Liz R added Canstr two, a new walk from Canary Wharf to Stratford

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Just at the north end as the route passes through the building, there may be access issues if the building is closed....

mtormey

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A great walk that included lovely riverside paths and vibrant central London adventuring!...

mtormey

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Going through the Greenwich foot tunnel is a treat (if you like that kind of thing)....

danravenellison

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Parts could maybe make more of the Thames Path, but it's otherwise a great way to get between Monument and Canary Wharf....

danravenellison

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Not the most direct, but it goes along the water a lot of the time and along some nice back streets. Felt safe throughout. Only significant access issue is that right towards the end there are steps up onto a bridge - I couldn't see an alternative way up....

jenny_mills

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Walked 5 days a week for 12 years....

IKwalker

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The ferry could be quite expensive (£4.60) for a short journey and does not always operate....

v199629

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Given that the route’s creator thought that the canal is worth the extra half-a-kilometre (which it certainly is), it would surely have made more sense to go down Roman Road directly to Regent’s Canal (as suggested in Porcovolente’s review) – which would hardly increase the total length of the route, but would treble the distance of the Regent’s Canal section. After walking east down Roman Road, the route takes a right turn down Globe Road at the next set of traffic lights. To do this, rather than turning right into Globe Road, continue along Roman Road for about 600 metres to Regent’s Canal. Soon after, Roman Road crosses Regent’s Canal where there is access to the towpath, which runs alongside Mile End Park (see photo). However, it is hard to see why the route does not instead continue along Regent’s Canal as far as Limehouse Basin (see photo), avoiding the need to negotiate Commercial Road....

starlton

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The only downside of it is the need to use a ferry to cross the Thames for which you will have to pay, and should this be out of service for any reason then the route is impossible. I started from Canary Wharf and the first part of the route is identical to 'Betcan' until you get to the ferry. There are a couple of points where you need to ignore the signposts for Canada Water if you want to follow the Slow Ways route - I had to retrace my steps a couple of times because of this....

porcovolente

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From here it is a very pleasant canalside walk as far as Mile End Park where you cross the canal near the Ragged School Museum and onto Ben Jonson Road. Food and drink can be found at various points on the route around Stepney and Mile End Road as well as at both ends of the route. An alternative which would make the walk slightly longer but much greener would be to stay on the canal path as it runs through Mile End Park until it hits Roman Road....

porcovolente

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This route isn’t drawn quite accurately enough and could suggest the use of a small section of the Aspen Way slip road at Preston’s Road junction (Blackwall) which barely has a pavement - a small redrawing using Baffin Way would make it useable, although it also uses some very industrial roads in the Royal Docks for which there are probably safer alternatives (see Cannor two suggestion)....

tractiveeffort

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Canary Wharf—North Woolwich

tractiveeffort added Cannor two, a new walk from Canary Wharf to North Woolwich

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Canary Wharf

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Canary Wharf

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Bethnal Green—Canary Wharf

Slow Ways added Betcan one, a new walk from Bethnal Green to Canary Wharf

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Canary Wharf—Greenwich

Slow Ways added Canagre one, a new walk from Canary Wharf to Greenwich

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Canada Water—Canary Wharf

Slow Ways added Cancan one, a new walk from Canada Water to Canary Wharf

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Canary Wharf—North Woolwich

Slow Ways added Cannor one, a new walk from Canary Wharf to North Woolwich

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Canary Wharf—Plaistow

Slow Ways added Canpla one, a new walk from Canary Wharf to Plaistow

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Canary Wharf—Stratford

Slow Ways added Canstr one, a new walk from Canary Wharf to Stratford

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Liverpool Street Station—Canary Wharf

Slow Ways added Livcan one, a new walk from Liverpool Street Station to Canary Wharf

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Monument—Canary Wharf

Slow Ways added Moncan one, a new walk from Monument to Canary Wharf

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Canary Wharf, Mon 27 May

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Canary Wharf’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ3752480161

Lat / Lon

51.50366° / -0.01993°

Easting / Northing

537,524E / 180,161N

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