Slow Ways linking Erith and Abbey Wood, Bexleyheath, Dartford, Thamesmead
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|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Review me||Distance 5km/3mi||Ascent 51m||Descent 52m|
||Review me||Distance 6km/4mi||Ascent 90m||Descent 97m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 5km/3mi||Ascent 22m||Descent 72m|
||Review me||Distance 5km/3mi||Ascent 48m||Descent 94m|
||Review me||Distance 7km/4mi||Ascent 43m||Descent 43m|
||Review me||Distance 8km/5mi||Ascent 56m||Descent 54m|
||Survey me||Distance 8km/5mi||Ascent 30m||Descent 33m|
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3 people have contributed to Erith’s Slow Ways
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0 people have surveyed a route in Erith
39km out of 43km have been walked and reviewed
54km of reviews have been shared in Erith
Slade Green has bus stops and over a footbridge, a train station, small shop and food outlets. There are long but shallow steps over the railway footbridge (and the one used in EriDar 1), steeper steps up to Dartford station, those dirtbike "bumps", kissing gates....
Daisy C added Eridar two, a new walk from Erith to DartfordWalk this route
I really liked this route combination and the mix of old, new, industrial, residential & natural you see on the way. It was easy to navigate and fairly quiet too despite it being part of the Thames Path. Recommended!...
It was clear which route to take through Martens Grove and although there was no trodden path in Barnehurst Op Sp, you just follow the scrub along the side of the park....
Daisy C added Bexeri two, a new walk from Bexleyheath to ErithWalk this route
Daisy C surveyed ErithView facilities
Yes, it is a bit smelly (for about half a mile) at Crossness, but it's not exactly the great stink, and only for about half a mile. There are few exit points from the eastern part of the route, until the Thamesmead residential section starts after Crossness, and it is isolated, but there was a steady trickle of (weekend?) cyclists, runners and dogwalkers, so it wasn't lonely....
It starts with an detour north, which lets you have a(n inexplicably) short walk beside the River Thames (no photos sorry). At about 2km into the walk, between Betsham Rd and Slade Green Rd, new housing has moved the public footpath away from the train tracks. I noticed long shallow steps at Slade Green footbridge and the footpath down to Priory Rd, Dartford, plus steeper ones up to Dartford Station (latter avoidable if you go a bit further down the road)...
It was a bright day in early December with a bit of autumn colour in the woods, and dusk at the Erith waterfront was a great treat, I was very lucky with the time and tides and saw huge flocks of wintering birds feeding on mudflats close to the shore, the occasional tug boat pooting past and sending them up to swirl and twist overhead. It was magic!...
Daisy C added Abberi two, a new walk from Abbey Wood to ErithWalk this route
The downside - the GPS routing is relatively rough and it'd be easy to go wrong just out of the station at Abbey Wood (the line don't head right along the flyover (you'll not be able to take the next turn) but instead down steps/lift, then slightly left and into what looks like a yard or car park, where a small road follows under the edge of the flyover....
Daisy C pledged to walk Abberi oneWalk this route
Daisy C pledged to walk Eridar oneWalk this route
It’s also interesting to note that much of this stretch is part of the England Coast Path....
Slow Ways added Abberi one, a new walk from Abbey Wood to ErithWalk this route
Slow Ways added Bexeri one, a new walk from Bexleyheath to ErithWalk this route
Slow Ways added Eridar one, a new walk from Erith to DartfordWalk this route
Slow Ways added Thaeri one, a new walk from Thamesmead to ErithWalk this route
Erith’s Slow Ways starting point
Lat / Lon
51.48176° / 0.17509°
Easting / Northing
551,130E / 178,110N
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