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Lewisham

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Slow Ways linking Lewisham and Blackheath, Canada Water, Catford, Greenwich, Peckham

England / Greater London / Lewisham

Lewisham’s five Slow Ways are 75% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 5/5
and surveyed: 0/5

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Slow Way Route To do
Canada Water—Lewisham
Canlew one

Verify me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 19m Descent 15m
Canada Water—Lewisham
Canlew two Survey me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 54m Descent 49m
Catford—Lewisham
Catlew one Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 22m Descent 15m
Catford—Lewisham
Catlew two Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 16m Descent 25m
Lewisham—Blackheath
Lewbla one Verify me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 24m Descent 37m
Lewisham—Blackheath
Lewbla two Survey me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 21m Descent 40m
Lewisham—Greenwich
Lewgre one Survey me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 38m Descent 45m
Peckham—Lewisham
Peclew one Survey me Distance 6km/3mi Ascent 88m Descent 87m

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Collective progress

69% of Lewisham’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

8/8

drawn

8/8

reviewed

0/8

surveyed

6/8

verified

16 people have contributed to Lewisham’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Lewisham

31km out of 31km have been walked and reviewed

114km of reviews have been shared in Lewisham

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Derick Rethans took this photo on Catlew two

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It is mostly through parks (photo #2, #3), with few excursions where you have to follow residential roads (photo #4), and ending up at bustly Lewisham (photo #5)....

Derick Rethans

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This is a very enjoyable way of walking between Canada Water and Lewisham....

Charles Hedley

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If you want to avoid the steps/ramp of the ‘curly’ bridge, you can continue along Malyons Rd instead, this will take you to Ladywell Rd where you can pick up this route....

whlsarah

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The steep downhill/ uphill will not be accessible for all....

Lizbiz70

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Some nice green areas but a lot of pavements and twist and turns....

Lizbiz70

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It links a chain of parks and docks and uses riverside paths and generously landscaped footways through residential areas....

Daisy C

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Lovely route, along the river, have occasionally seen a kingfisher there!...

Tom Cairns

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Catford—Lewisham

Daisy C added Catlew two, a new walk from Catford to Lewisham

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I would give the route the full five stars except that frustratingly it doesn't follow the Waterlink Way/cycle route, which is fully signposte....

Daisy C

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If you are thinking of using it at night, the Ladywell Fields section is *relatively* busy at night, pretty good sightlines and street lights. I would use it in the evenings....

Daisy C

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This route is fine in itself, but it's more fiddly to navigate than it needs to be, the railway underpass is a bit dodgy at night, and it misses out Blackheath Village (quite pretty) and Blackheath (the common) which is (kind-of) off road i.e. fits Slow Ways criteria....

Daisy C

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It's a nice walk and Blackheath is lovely, especially when they let the grass grow long....

Daisy C

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Greenwich town centre, Greenwich Park and Blackheath common are all very enjoyable....

Daisy C

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Leafy suburban streets until you meet the heath then grass with paths and good views all the way to the last slope down into Blackheath....

porcovolente

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Coming from Greenwich it looks like there is no easy crossing point for the busy A2 but when you get close you will see a Pelican Crossing to your right. Plenty of greenery on the whole route for central London and obviously no shortage of places to get food and drink at either end plus good transport links....

porcovolente

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Good route - it looks a bit indirect on the map but it’s worth the detour to get the views from Blackheath. Worth walking on the grass at Blackheath rather than sticking with the pavement....

Jane Taylor

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I enjoyed this route, it’s a straightforward walk across SE London, with a pleasant park at Hilly Fields, where I stopped for a cup of tea at an excellent hill top cafe. The very end of the route at Lewisham could be more accurately drawn, I had to double back to get to a safe crossing point on the main road. This would be my only minor irritation with the route, but I don’t think it warrants making a new option....

Jane Taylor

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A fairly short, but easy route to follow through parkland and riverside....

Tim Ryan

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An enjoyable, safe and easy to follow route which uses Lewisham Hill and Greenwich Park. Really nice views, with hill climbing involved. Good access....

Tim Ryan

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The steps can easily be avoided by continuing along Granville Park, which will take you to the end point in about the same amount of time as the route....

clarefin

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I walked this as part of a circular walk combined with Lewbla and Grebla and it was really nice to see so much of the heath. For most of this stretch across the heath there is no pavement (see photos), only a narrow track or gravel - fine for walking, but might be more challenging for wheels. The path in the park is very steep, so you could use The Avenue (parallel) for a slightly gentler incline....

clarefin

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After a very unpromising start - busy, major roads and a bus terminus to negotiate, things improved significantly as I walked through quiet back streets and estates, and a series of green spaces, including alongside the Ravensbourne and around Greenland Dock. Plenty of shops and other facilities at either end of the route....

Intrepid Rabbit

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Intrepid Rabbit took this photo on Canlew two

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After dark, I would suggest continuing along Linden Grove, turning right onto Ivydale Road and then right again onto Limesford Road to rejoin the route....

Intrepid Rabbit

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Intrepid Rabbit took this photo on Peclew one

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From Catford, the first half goes through Ladywell Fields (where you might see Kingfishers and Mandarin Ducks), and the second half is in a residential area....

Teeds

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Starting in Lewisham the first part of the walk up Granville Park and Eliot Park is quite steep, but then it's downhill along footpaths into Blackheath. The second part of the walk into Blackheath is particularly nice....

Teeds

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The suggested route involves following two roads (Wat Tyler and Cade) that do not have pavements....

Teeds

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As noted by a previous reviewer, there are significant sections alongside very busy main roads, in particular between Surrey Quays Station and Folkestone Gardens (Lower Road, Bush Road and Trundleys Road), and the A2 New Cross Road....

Andrew

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Canada Water—Lewisham

Andrew added Canlew two, a new walk from Canada Water to Lewisham

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There is a lot of construction work around Canada Water and the route was blocked by a small diversion shortly after the start, then I found that there is no footpath along the route indicated on Deal Porters Way - the route needs to be changed to follow the other side of the large car park along the edge of Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. There are plenty of public transport options all through the route which passes by Surrey Quays, New Cross, Deptford Bridge and Elverson Road stations....

porcovolente

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It was a straightforward route, it mainly follows the Waterlink Way cycle route and so is easily signposted. It just diverges from the cycle route towards Lewisham station (continuing up Algernon Road instead of turning onto Marsala Road); I would recommend that it be changed to follow the cycle route instead, for ease of navigation....

shedges

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It passes through Hilly Fields which rewards you for the climb with great views, a nice cafe and a children's playground (there are toilets at the cafe)....

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Lewisham—Blackheath

Daisy C added Lewbla two, a new walk from Lewisham to Blackheath

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Accessible for buggies and children but one railway crossing may not be suitable for wheelchair users....

dragonflywalker

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There are a couple of quicker diversions now on the route which I guess are where paths have been updated since this route was established, but its very self explanatory and you can see the quicker route in your line of sight....

JWAUBORN

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Canada Water—Lewisham

Slow Ways added Canlew one, a new walk from Canada Water to Lewisham

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Catford—Lewisham

Slow Ways added Catlew one, a new walk from Catford to Lewisham

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Lewisham—Blackheath

Slow Ways added Lewbla one, a new walk from Lewisham to Blackheath

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Lewisham—Greenwich

Slow Ways added Lewgre one, a new walk from Lewisham to Greenwich

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Peckham—Lewisham

Slow Ways added Peclew one, a new walk from Peckham to Lewisham

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Lewisham’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ3811075903

Lat / Lon

51.46525° / -0.01315°

Easting / Northing

538,110E / 175,903N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Lewisham's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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