A slightly ironic question today, given the nasty shooting earlier this week, but after our our reassurements that East Greenwich is really safe and a brilliant place to live (which, frankly, I still stand by – all areas of London have their issues) Ankur did finally decide to move to Walnut Tree Road and is determined to get the most out of it:
“I have been walking down Trafalgar Road to Cutty Sark DLR to get to work every morning and it doesn’t seem like a lot of people take that route to walk into town…understanbly so. So, what other, better, routes do other people from this part of Greenwich take to walk into town?”
Well, of course, Walnut Tree Road does have the ‘honour’ of being in two parts these days, thanks to a gift from the Luftwaffe, (leaving another one of those parklets I’m so fond of…) so to some extent it depends on which end you’re at as to the exact route.
But if you’re looking for quality rather than speed, then my suggestion would be to get onto the riverside as soon as possible for the best experience.
If you’re at the Vanbrugh Hill end of Walnut Tree Road, go to the junction and take Pelton Road which nestles opposite, between Traf Road and Blackwall Lane like a tomato side-shoot.
Follow that down to the end, past the lovely Pelton Arms pub, right the way down to where the Thames Path used to go left and right (grrr…) Happily you only want the left turn, taking you past the Foot and Mouth memorial, the Cutty Sark Pub, the power station and the Trinity Hospital Almshouses, with the river in all its glory to your right. You can pretty much search within the Phantom archives for posts on any of these.
Continue along the narrow little Crane Street, past the Trafalgar Tavern, then keeping to the edge by the river if you’re walking (or do a quick left and in the gates through the ORNC if you’re on a bike) take the Five Foot Walk past Greenwich Beach to the Cutty Sark. The DLR Station is just the other side, to your left.
If you’re the other end of Walnut Tree Road, just nip down Earlswood or Tyler, cross Traf Road and pop down Christchurch Way, or, if you’re feeling inquisitive, take a different route through the little maze of fun streets that make up the Pelton Estate. They all join up (though Caradoc Street is initially worrying as it has an unexpected bend in it and gets really narrow; just stick with it…) and if you keep vaguely going North West, you’ll eventually hit the same path as I talked about above.
There’s no getting round it, this route is longer than just going along Traf Road. But it’s prettier, less polluted and better for the soul. BTW personally I’m not bothered about doing this route at night, but others may disagree, given recent events.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for Ankur?