Woolwich-Barrier link nearly ready

The new ramp at King Henry’s Wharf

The unofficial Thames Path extension from Erith allows many to begin their long walk where there is a feel of the estuary.

But this recent addition does not join the national trail’s start at the Thames Barrier. There is a rather unpleasant detour away from the river between Woolwich’s King Henry’s Wharf and the Thames Barrier garden.

This involves walking along Woolwich Road which has very heavy traffic.

The only bonus is a McDonald’s by a bus stop.

But this week contractors are due to hand over to Greenwich Council a riverside route. The ‘missing link’ as it is called locally will be filled.

Some minor highway resurfacing has yet to be undertaken and new signposting is not ready.

But it looks as if the promised ‘late spring opening’ will be achieved.

It will be possible to walk the length of King Henry’s Wharf and go up on to a raised walkway. This curves round into Warspite Road. The at present gated Bowater Road, which runs parallel to the river, will then take the Thames Path to the Thames Barrier.

There is good view of a listing steamer from the new path
The path joins Warspite Road
Downstream end of Bowater Road
The upstream end of Bowater Road where the path joins the Thames Barrier gardens

3 replies on “Woolwich-Barrier link nearly ready”

Does anyone know if its opened yet? planning a Deptford -> Crayford ride next week, and would love to avoid the road at Woolwish. Thanks

Nope still not opened. Hold up seems to be due to the Warspite Road works to accommodate the ramp only beginning last week. The ramp was sitting up on the road and had a 1 foot drop which means the road needs to be raised.
The Unity Way ramp and the Woolwich Thames Path ramps have both looked ready for a few weeks. Seems the new May opening date given by Royal Greenwich after the April one slipped will now be also be missed.

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