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Slow Ways linking Waterloo Station and Charing Cross, Kennington, London Bridge Station, Monument, Victoria Station

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Waterloo Station’s five Slow Ways are 95% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 5/5
and surveyed: 4/5

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Slow Way Route To do
Charing Cross—Waterloo Station
Charwat one Enjoy me Distance 1km/1mi Ascent 11m Descent 16m
Victoria Station—Waterloo Station
Vicwat one Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 15m Descent 15m
Waterloo Station—Kennington
Watken one

Verify me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 11m Descent 6m
Waterloo Station—Kennington
Watken two Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Waterloo Station—London Bridge Station
Watlon one

Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 21m Descent 20m
Waterloo Station—London Bridge Station
Watlon two Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Waterloo Station—London Bridge Station
Watlon four Review me Distance 2km/1mi Ascent 7m Descent 10m
Waterloo Station—Monument
Watmon one

Review me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 28m Descent 27m
Waterloo Station—Monument
Watmon two Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

83% of Waterloo Station’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

9/9

drawn

9/9

reviewed

6/9

surveyed

6/9

verified

17 people have contributed to Waterloo Station’s Slow Ways

5 people have pledged to walk and review a route

8 people have surveyed a route in Waterloo Station

25km out of 25km have been walked and reviewed

89km of reviews have been shared in Waterloo Station

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Doesn't have the views along the Thames or the big name attractions of Watlon 2 but still lively and interesting and crucially avoids the crowds. Flat land with no flights of stairs except going through the Old Guys Hospital near London Bridge, where there are very obvious ramps. There is a slope up to the meeting point at Waterloo Station....

Daisy C

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Waterloo Station—London Bridge Station

Daisy C added Watlon four, a new walk from Waterloo Station to London Bridge Station

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To me it goes down the long stairs outside Embankment station, up more steps into station, out on to Villiers St (step-free!) and continues uphill. Near to the Strand Villiers Street gets quite steep and about halfway up that steep part the route turns and cuts through the side wall into the understorey of the Charing Cross hotel (or maybe a phone repair kiosk!) to then emerge upwards through the roadway next to the Eleanor Cross. In the fully-cobbled taxis-only forecourt. Ignoring the impossible and this is the least accessible choices, with one long and two short flights of stairs plus the full steep part of V St. Plus cobbles and taxi dodging. Not ideal. Villiers Street is lively though and perhaps preferable to the passage above if it's very late, when Embankment Station may also be locked, but is easy to walk around.....

Daisy C

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As other reviewers have said it's hard to plot the exact route as there are so many adjacent paths beside and on top of each other....

Strider

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I walked from London Bridge to Waterloo. This is the walk I recommend to visitors, but ending at London Bridge having brought food in Borough market....

Strider

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While there's still construction going on, you should probably go back to the street to get to Waterloo Station more easily....

Ingrina

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Not much to add from Mary and Hugh below who I walked with but I agree, this is a very decent route for London taking in plenty of green spaces and largely away from the major roads....

Dan Barron

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Stairs can be avoided at the Charing Cross end by staying at the bridge level and going through the station....

Mary Oz

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We left Kennington/Oval Station by walking through the edge of a park, before walking along a surprisingly quiet section of the A23. We were soon heading through Lambeth Walk Doorstep Green, and then soon after, via an almost hidden passageway, Archbishop's Park. This ran alongside Lambeth Palace, but that was not apparent from the ground....

Mary Oz

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At the Charing Cross end of the bridge, we chose to ignore the staircase down to Villiers Street (the GPX is not clear enough to confirm whether than choice was right) and ended up crossing the concourse of the station (past the escalators down to the tube station), and this takes us out to the station entrance without any steps,...

Hugh Hudson

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We cross Kennington Lane and continue, then turn left into Lollard Street and cross a small park on a surfaced path. If I were to design a new route through the tunnel, I would probably use the pavement of York Road to reach the front of Waterloo station rather than entering the station building....

Hugh Hudson

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A lovely walk through London, a real variety of things to see, including the busy stations, the parks and the more officey bits. Overall a good walk. Quite busy in places with small and sometimes uneven pavements so wheelchair users may have to occasionally veer off the path but otherwise good....

Alicia Huggett

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I walked this route from Kennington to Waterloo. The south half is read-y, but at least you have the lovely Kennington Park for a stretch. The second half, however, is awesome. A really cool London Slow Ways route that merges awesome passages, lovely green spaces, pleasant quiet residential streets, and vibrant pedestrianised lanes. Especially the north half was a joy to walk. The south half is perfectly fine, and the pavements are wide, you’re just walking along big roads. Several sets of public toilets in the parks along the route, and plenty of refreshment stops, too. There’s even a chance to see London’s wildlife ;)...

mtormey

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Waterloo Station—Kennington

Dannyash added Watken two, a new walk from Waterloo Station to Kennington

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Nice views of the river to one side but you have the train tracks on the other. Is usually very busy as well and not the most accessible....

Dannyash

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A fairly direct route which follows some busy roads for the majority of it. However you are also able to go through the edges of some parks which improves it somewhat. I have suggest WATKEN Two as a slightly longer but maybe quieter alternative...

Dannyash

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I think this is a slightly better route than WATKEN One as it keeps you off the main roads for slightly longer. Archbishops Park is a lovely Green Space and you also pass through Lambeth Walk and Kennington Park....

Dannyash

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The creator of this route is right in that it is more accurate than the original version for getting into and out of the stations. They also mention some steps which can be avoided at the London Bridge end by going through Borough Market (also more interesting!). Overall a great route along the south bank with nice views and plenty to see...

Dannyash

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Nothing wrong with this Route other than it does go through a busy tourist area. One to enjoy first thing on a Sunday morning methinks. Loads of sights to enjoy along the way....

LondonIn360

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Offers amazing views of London landmarks, including St Pauls Catherdral, the Monument, the London Eye and Big Ben....

Saira

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Running eastward near the north end of Villiers Street is one of my favourite street names. It is now called York Place but the sign records the former name - "Of Alley". An explanation can be found at https://thestreetnames.com/2013/11/08/londons-shortest-street-name/....

Martin McGovern

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Not a lot to add to MTormey's review - the views of key London landmarks in and around Parliament Square and Westminster Bridge are great, particularly on a sunny afternoon. The statue of Abraham Lincoln (pictured) is one of five American presidents spread around the capital. Castle Lane is still temporarily closed for construction, with Wilfred Street providing a simple alternative....

Martin McGovern

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Waterloo Station—London Bridge Station

mtormey added Watlon two, a new walk from Waterloo Station to London Bridge Station

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Finally, the urban wandering on approach to Waterloo Station was really great - it was great to be so close to Waterloo Station but not really be able to tell!...

mtormey

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This is a lovely route, but I don't want to verify because the approaches to the end stations on both ends are incorrectly plotted! I figure it's worth having an accurate route, so I've uploaded slightly more accurate alternative....

mtormey

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It's lovely, direct, simple, and easy to follow. There are sets of stairs on both ends to note. You really can't beat the South Bank!...

mtormey

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A great simple and iconic route between the Monument and Waterloo that takes you past the Tate Modern and The Golden Hinde....

Slow Ways Darren

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I walked this route from Waterloo Station to Victoria Station after dark on a Friday evening. This isn't the route's fault, but there's no need to keep going to the end of the route if your final destination is the station: just turn in as soon as the station appears to your left, a full block before the route properly ends!...

mtormey

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I walked this route from Monument to Waterloo Station after dark on a Friday evening. Then, it's a mostly straightforward walk along the water to Waterloo Station....

mtormey

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Waterloo Station—Monument

mtormey added Watmon two, a new walk from Waterloo Station to Monument

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This is a great route, largely following the Thames River, but there are two points where the route as plotted is inaccurate. The first is coming off the London Bridge onto the southern bank, and the second is leaving the riverside to approach London Waterloo. As plotted, this route doesn't work!...

mtormey

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It was a little complicated to navigate from London Bridge station to the river as GPS under buildings does not work....

Derick Rethans

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As another reviewer points out, when walking from Waterloo to Charing Cross, at the end of the bridge it is unclear whether to turn right down the stairs to Embankment station and walk up Villiers St; or to continue on at high level....

Jane Taylor

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Appeared to step and step free options to aid access. Stunning views at night....

Naami

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I should note that at the Charing Cross end of the bridge (I walked from Waterloo), I wasn't sure whether to turn right go down the stairs and pass through the Embankment tube station, or continue straight and follow the signs for the "step-free route"....

mtormey

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A nice easy route along the Thames Path. Suitable for all....

LondonIn360

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Martin McGovern surveyed Watmon one

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As with nearby routes Charing Cross to Monument, and London Bridge to Monument, this short route provides spectacular views of the riverscape....

Martin McGovern

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As with nearby routes Charing Cross to Monument, and London Bridge to Monument, this short route provides spectacular views of the riverscape....

Martin McGovern

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Great river views, I would recommend heading through Victoria Embankment Gardens if you are heading up to Covent Gardens before you hit the northern end of this section....

Henry

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This is a very direct, main road connection from Waterloo to Kennington. There are limited other options but I feels there must be a better, if slightly longer route...

Henry

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Waterloo Station

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Charing Cross—Waterloo Station

Slow Ways added Charwat one, a new walk from Charing Cross to Waterloo Station

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Victoria Station—Waterloo Station

Slow Ways added Vicwat one, a new walk from Victoria Station to Waterloo Station

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Waterloo Station—Kennington

Slow Ways added Watken one, a new walk from Waterloo Station to Kennington

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Waterloo Station—London Bridge Station

Slow Ways added Watlon one, a new walk from Waterloo Station to London Bridge Station

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Waterloo Station—Monument

Slow Ways added Watmon one, a new walk from Waterloo Station to Monument

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Waterloo Station, Mon 27 May

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Waterloo Station’s Slow Ways starting point

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TQ3100480012

Lat / Lon

51.50387° / -0.11387°

Easting / Northing

531,004E / 180,012N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Waterloo Station'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

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