Country Lanes (5)

Travelling north across the water (or to be more precise under the water) today, over onto the Isle of Dogs for this view of Greenwich that looks like it’s in the middle of the countryside.

Before we get there, though, I should mention something that Ianvisits flagged up the other day – that for some bonkers reason, it has been decided that no photography is to be allowed in the foot tunnel any more. Not just flash photography, which might have some slim H&S reasoning behind it as being a bit of a surprise to a naughty cyclist whizzing through too fast, no. This is all photography, full stop.

Of course this is not as bad as it could have been – banning Champagne would be a serious bar to future scientific progress, but it still seems a ridiculous regulation (though, frankly, easily ignored – would-be civil disobeyers can just take pictures outside elevator-hours) for no readily-understandable purpose.

I will, in the next few days, be bringing you a similar slightly-sinister ruling, this time by Greenwich Council, that I’ve just learned about, but for now, lets move to sweeter pastures.

Island Gardens is, in many people’s opinions, the best view of Greenwich (as opposed to from Greenwich.) But there’s a footpath that runs up the spine of the Canary Wharf peninsula, via Mudchute farm and some rather sweet allotments that also affords some lovely glimpses of the town which is just as much fun in its own way (you can also take a little detour round the sports ground, though don’t try some of the ‘steps’ that lead down to the sports area – they’ve long deteriorated into mudslides.)

One of these days I’m going to get one of those groovy maps with little arrows that show where I’m talking about, but for now here’s a vague Streetmap image to show you where I mean.

At that point you’re more or less following the DLR, and it will take you up to Canary Wharf. The whole thing takes about twenty minutes, I’d guess, unless you do as I did and stop off at a dockside bar selling indifferent Spanish drinks at City prices.

Don’t forget to keep looking back to see glimpses of Greenwich through the leaves. Ah…

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