TFL Walks: Beckton to Woolwich and then to Falconwood

My husband and I are working our way through the Capital Ring, a series of walks designed by TFL circling London. Last weekend we did two walks beginning at Beckton via Woolwich and ending up in Falconwood. This was my favourite walk so far as we got to see a mixture of city highlights, stunning Thames views, interesting industrial sites and we finished up in the beautiful woodland just outside of London.

We started the walk at Royal Albert DLR, section 15 of the Capital Ring map. From here we walked to the University of East London on the Thames where we watched the planes take off from London City Airport and walked on towards Gallion’s Way. This is the last stop on the DLR map and we had never been here before. We were impressed with how desolate and industrial the place was. A lot of construction was happening and we passed several models having their photos taken against the backdrop of all the industry and the river Thames. In five years from now I can imagine this place will be a bustling marina river town with shops and restaurants along a Thames boardwalk. But for now it is an undeveloped part of East London that is interesting to explore.

We passed through here and saw a group of youths attempting to tightrope across a piece of string as we went towards the Woolwich foot tunnel. The tunnel offers pedestrians an underground route to cross the Thames however there is also a free ferry you can opt to take as well. We had a break for lunch at this time at Clockjack chicken rotisserie restaurant in Woolwich village and refuelled with some hearty chicken salads and hot chocolates. We then continued our way along the Thames on the southside viewing Woolwich Arsenal and the Thames Barrier, an amazing feat of modern-day engineering and design. The Thames Barrier is the worlds largest movable flood barrier and prevents the city from flooding by shutting the water out.

We finished section 1 of the walk, by passing the posh Charlton School through Charlton Park up Shooters Hill to Severndroog castle. We finally made it to Oxleas Wood and continued to our final destination Falconwood. I hope you enjoy my photos and I highly recommend this walk. You can view the walking maps on the TFL website here.

Key Stats:
Miles: 11.80
Time: 4:04:16
Calories: 1171

The view of London City Airport from the north side of the Thames river.

The view of London City Airport from the north side of the Thames river.

A ray of sunshine through the grey clouds as we walk along the Thames.

A ray of sunshine through the grey clouds as we walk along the Thames.

A telephone tower at Gallion's Way, the last stop on the DLR map.

A telephone tower at Gallion’s Way, the last stop on the DLR map.

Low tide at Gallion's Way, the Thames appears muddy.

Low tide at Gallion’s Way, the Thames appears muddy.

There is a great deal of construction and development occurring at Gallion's Way.

There is a great deal of construction and development occurring at Gallion’s Way.

Despite the industrial feel about the place, this is a very expensive area to buy a house.

Despite the industrial feel about the place, this is a very expensive area to buy a house.

My husband Edgar poses for a photo at Gallion's Way

My husband Edgar poses for a photo at Gallion’s Way.

The dreary beauty of the Thames against a grey city backdrop.

The dreary beauty of the Thames against a grey city backdrop.

The Thames path leading to the Woolwich foot tunnel.

The Thames path leading to the Woolwich foot tunnel.

Walking through section 15 was an interesting maze across bridges.

Walking through section 15 was an interesting maze across bridges.

Royal Victoria Gardens was practically empty on a Sunday.

Royal Victoria Gardens was practically empty on a Sunday.

View of Woolwich Arsenal from the north side of the Thames.

View of Woolwich Arsenal from the north side of the Thames.

It took us 5 minutes to walk through the Woolwich foot tunnel.

It took us 5 minutes to walk through the Woolwich foot tunnel.

Decorative tiles at Woolwich Arsenal.

Decorative tiles at Woolwich Arsenal.

The Assembly, a large scale monument at Woolwich.

The Assembly, a large scale monument at Woolwich.

Two cannons that remain from the Gun Drill Battery when this area was a Naval Dockyard.

Two cannons that remain from the Gun Drill Battery when this area was a Naval Dockyard.

Beautiful autumn colours at Maryon Park.

Beautiful autumn colours at Maryon Park.

Woolwich Common near Shooters Hill.

Woolwich Common near Shooters Hill.

Our final destination at Falconwood.

Our final destination at Falconwood.

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