Greenwich’s Thames Path has fully reopened… for now?

Thames Path, 31 March 2013

Thames Path, 31 March 2013Amazing news, and not an April Fool – the Thames Path through Greenwich has now completely reopened for the first time in six years, after the path around Delta Wharf was quietly brought back into use. If you want an Easter Monday stroll or cycle, wrap up warm and go for it.

It means the riverside pathway from Wood Wharf through to Angerstein Wharf is now completely open again, from one end of Greenwich to another, for the first time since demolition work on Lovell’s Wharf started in 2007. (Here’s a few snaps of Lovell’s before work started.) That link reopened earlier this year, and now contractors have finished rebuilding the footway just south of Drawdock Road, at the end of Tunnel Avenue, which shut in August 2011.

Of course, while contractors had aimed to get the walk reopened by Easter, in a cock-up that’ll be familiar to anyone who uses the path, one part of it is still partly fenced-off. Just ignore the sign and keep going.

Thames Path, 31 March 2013

Thames Path, 31 March 2013Of course, the question now is – how long will the path stay open for? How long do we have left before another prolonged diversion? The stretch that’s just reopened is already earmarked for development (more of which to come on that one…)

And with development will come a different look for the path, as shown by the introduction of a clear cycle route. How long does the anarchic, old-style east Greenwich riverside walkway have left? Enjoy it (and the work of the Guerilla Knitters) while it lasts.

The other big question mark lies at Enderby’s Wharf, where developer West Properties – despite being allowed influence over Greenwich Council transport and tourism policies – still hasn’t lifted a finger on the cruise liner terminal site it was given permission to build over two years ago.

Enderby House, March 2013
Thames Path, March 2013

We may have got our path back – and just as you enter Charlton, there’s a new information sign to round off the happy news. But the path should never have been subject to such lengthy closures in the first place without proper information and consultation. Hopefully lessons have been learned – and that we’re all a bit more vigilant now than we were six years ago.

Thames Path, 31 March 2013


  1. Cruise liner terminal? What / why / when ???

    Don’t know anything about this proposal, except that it is not a “known” / picturesque / glamorous / historic location.

    If you are a cruise ship operator you want to take your passengers to the Tower of London (alongside HMS Belfast) which takes you through Tower Bridge or, if oversize for that, Greenwich tier for the historic town centre with a boat transfer to Central London.

    Contribution to the local economy? For most of the year simply another pier on the River Bus route, then if / when a ship comes in, expect a handful of customer service staff, baggage and gash handlers and security. Think 20–30 people working 2-3 days at a time for 15–20 times a year. Think of it as providing 5 full-time equivalent jobs.

  2. I do hear that Quintain will close their stretch temporarily to put in permanent lighting. But we should say hurrah after a frustrating 6 years on the East Greenwich Thames Path. Maybe we need a mass ride and walk along the whole Path to the Barrier – when Spring comes!

  3. Took the opportunity to take a slightly chilly ride along the whole stretch this morning. Nice to finally be able to see Enderby House which was hidden behind boards etc all this time, shame its in such a state – presume it’ll be preserved when the cruise terminal comes to town? Hadn’t realised just how derelict the Alcatel site was as it looks reasonably functional from the Banning Street side.

  4. Is this section of the Thames Path still fully open? I have been waiting years to walk it!

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