The first section, which can easily be a day’s walk if pauses are made at the landmarks, passes along the Greenwich waterfront and through Surrey Docks into central London. There are fine views of the Dome and the Isle of Dogs with its famous Canary Wharf Tower seen from many angles. The Shard, Europe’s tallest building, is just beyond the end of this section.
Thames Barrier: Cafe 10.30am-4.30pm (Oct-Mar 11am-3.30pm).
Ballast Quay: Cutty Sark Tavern. 11am-11pm (Sun 12-10.30pm). Food 12-9pm (Sat 12- 7pm).
Greenwich: Discover Greenwich, Royal Naval College. (Daily 10am-5pm).
Greenwich: Goddards pie and mash. 22 King William Walk. (10am-6.30pm; Fri-Sun 7.30pm)
Deptford: Dog & Bell, Prince Street. 12-11pm; Sun 12-10.30pm. Real ale. Food (locally sourced including sandwiches): Mon-Fri 12-3pm & 6-9.30pm; weekends 12-9.30pm.
Surrey Docks Farm: Cafe Frizzante open Tue-Sun 10am-4.30pm (winter Wed-Sun 10am-3pm).
Surrey Docks Entrance: Old Salt Quay pub open 11am-11pm (Sun 12-10.30pm). Food until 10pm.
Rotherhithe: Brunel Museum Cafe, Rotherhithe Street. 10am-5pm.
Rotherhithe: The Mayflower, Rotherhithe Street. 12-11pm (Sun 12-10.30pm). Bar snacks until 6pm.
Nelson Dock: Hilton London Docklands, Rotherhithe Street SE16 5EJ (020 7231 1001).
Rotherhithe: YHA, 20 Salter Road SE16 5PR (0870 770 6010).
Thames Barrier: National Rail to Charlton.
Greenwich: National Rail and Docklands Light Railway.
Tower Bridge: Underground from Tower Hill.
Greenwich: Royal Naval College (0870 608 2000).
OS Explorer 162 (Greenwich) and 173 (London North).