This walk takes you well off the beaten track. You start by taking the Emirates Cable Car (small additional charge to your oyster card) over the river to enjoy amazing views of London and the O2. This is the best value view in London. Far cheaper and yet more spectacular than the Olympic Park Orbit, the Eye or the Shard. Once back on terra firma you head along spectacular old docks. There’s an option to cross the Royal Victoria Dock by footbridge for amazing views and to see planes fly seemingly just overhead as they head into or out of City Airport. The lifts for this high bridge do not work so it’s quite a trek up steps so it’s best to only do it if everyone in your group is fit and willing to do so. Otherwise you simply walk around the dock. You then see a lightship before seeing where the largest explosion in history at the time took place 100 years ago. You then get a view of the Thames Barrier before you head by DLR a few of stops to East India. From here you see a fine memorial at the spot from where the first ships set out to settle America at Jamestown. Then it’s on past cormorants to the only lighthouse on the Thames; plus old warehouses and workshops that have been converted into cool arty workspaces. And you finish at a choice of great riverside cafes/restaurants next to the lighthouse or you can walk you back to a tube/DLR station. Or for a novel shortcut back to North Greenwich you can hop on the tiny ferry that crosses the river.
Start North Greenwich underground station
Finish Trinity Buoy cafe/restaurant or Canning Town station
Shorter walk alternative – avoid the Royal Victoria Dock bridge