Get out of London! East to Gravesend

Walked — May/June 2019

The apron of Oxleas Meadows, with the North Downs in the background

This route starts by crossing the river by the Hungerford Bridge, and following the Thames Path as far as Greenwich. Green areas such as Blackheath, Oxleas Meadows, Bexley Woods and Joydens Wood are visited, then it is rural as far as the A2 in the south-western corner of Gravesend. The walk finishes alongside the Thames, where it meets a section of the England Coast Path, before meeting Princess Pocahontas on the way (our way, not hers) to the station.

The total distance is over 50km, with an ascent of about 600m.

1: Trafalgar Square to Surrey Quays — 6.82km; 57m ascent
Riverside to Rotherhithe, then Southwark Park.
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2: Surrey Quays to Blackheath 7.00km; 92m ascent
Riverside to Greenwich, then parkland
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3: Blackheath to Welling 8.16km; 129m ascent
Streets, parks, Oxleas Meadows, and streets
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4: Welling to Bexley 5.13km; 38m ascent
Streets punctuated by Danson Park and Bexley Woods.
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5: Bexley to Puddledock 4.71km; 78m ascent
Joyden’s Wood, a golf course and some fields
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6: Puddledock to Sutton at Hone 5.31km; 43m ascent
Woodland and farmland all the way
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7: Sutton at Hone to Southfleet7.75km; 85m ascent
Almost entirely agricultural
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8: Southfleet to Gravesend 6.85km; 78m ascent
Streets to Rosherville, then riverside
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