Greenwich to Rainham Marshes
Last Greenwich-led ride before the great Mithrasmas Mass on 25/12!
This 75-80 kilometre ride along flat terrain includes long stretches of Thames riverside, industrial heritage and Gateway developments, nature reserves and a bird sanctuary in the marshlands of Essex. I first cycled this route a few years ago with the late great Barry Mason, cyclist and twitcher of this parish.
From Cutty Sark Gardens we head east along the Thames Path to Woolwich, and take the free ferry over to the north bank of the river. From North Woolwich we then follow the river for a short distance, and ride through the Gallions Reach industrial and retail parks, emerging onto Cycle Superhighway 3 on the A13 near Barking Creek.
The CS3/A13 stretch will be noisy and mercifully short. After Barking Creek we follow the riverside road through some more interesting Thamesside industrial land. At Dagenham we then proceed east along the A1306 to South Hornchurch, and by the River Ingrebourne head south through the Ferry Lane industrial estates toward the mouth of the Ingrebourne on the Thames. The final stretch of the outward run is along a particularly lovely riverside path by the edge of the marsh. Our refuelling stop is the RSPB café, and the return route is simply the reverse of the above.
There is nothing rural about this ride, but its mixture of brown and green environments will be appreciated by the psycho-geographers among you with an interest in Greater London's industrial heritage and regeneration.
At up to 80 kilometres, the ride is on the long side, and you are therefore advised to bring energy-rich snacks. Basic tools and a spare inner tube or two are also a must. Lights are essential, and bright clothing is recommended.
Please let me know by phone or email if you intend to come. That said, you are welcome to simply turn up on the day!