Centurions Social Walk No.1
Queens' Diamond Jubilee Walk -
The Jubilee Greenway Walk marks Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and this 37 mile walk is exactly 60 kilometres -
Seventeen walkers met on
With the Olympics in town, there were (apart from a lot of tourists) inevitable diversions as Oympic venues were being built -
Up through Hyde Park and through the busy streets of Baywater and Paddington to arrive at Little Venice and the canal towpath. The route followed the Regents Canal more or less all the way to Victoria Park in east London. We left the towpath in Islington where the canal went "underground" and we strolled down the busy Chapel Market and once more at the very busy Camden Market.
This was the first day without rain for nearly two weeks -
Our first stop was the Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park where we managed to eat our sandwiches or a quick snack. Once replenished, we were off again soon to get our first glimpse of the Olympic Park ... well the top of the stadium and the Orbit Tower!
The actual Jubilee Greenway walk goes through the Olympic Park -
From Bow we joined the route of the Capital Ring -
This part of the Greenway is a very straight path down through Becton Parks to the Royal Albert Docks -
Soon we reached the Thames itself and we followed the river upstream to the Woollwich tunnel and under the Thames to the south side where we followed the peninsular round past the O2 and the recently opened Emirates cable car. Four of our group left us at North Greenwich to get their respective trains home. The O2 is also a venue for gymnastics and whilst it was fenced off -
Wendy and Ray peeled off at County Hall as they were staying close by. Whilst Norman,Steve, Steve and myself continued over the bridge back to Westminster tube station where we had started 11 and a half hours ago. And there was Sandra -
Never before have I walked passed so many pubs!
"Thanks for organizing this event -
"Many thanks to everyone for a super day and a great walk on Sunday, and thankyou for joining the party"
"Many thanks for all the hard work that you must have done to organise the memorable Centurions Jubilee Greenway Walk. I thought I was pretty fit from my runnning but I take my hat off to you Centurions for your stamina and cameraderie. It amused me that you called your 60K Jubilee Walk a social one !!"
"Thanks for the effort in arranging/leading Sunday's walk. I enjoyed the day."
"Most enjoyable walk, and thank goodness the weather held up."
The route is designed to be started and finished at any point as there is access to public transport along the way -
It is an urban walk but follows tow paths and parks wherever possible. Many sections of the route will be familiar to anyone who has walked the Capital Ring.
There are paving slabs bearing the Jubilee Greenway sign all along the route and it is really easy to follow -
A overview of the walk is available based on the Walk London route which has been adapted to the Centurions timetable. Downlaod the guide here (pdf).
Section 1: Westminster to Buckingham Palace 2 miles
Section 2: Buckingham Palace to Little Venice 3.5 miles
Section 3: Little Venice to Camden 2 miles
Section 4: Camden to Victoria Park 4.5 miles 4.5 miles
Section 5: Victoria Park to Stokes Road (Becton) 5 miles
Section 6: Stokes Road to WoolwichTunnel 4 miles
Section 7: Woolwich to Greenwich 6 miles
Section 8: Greenwich to Tower Bridge 6 miles
Section 9: Tower Bridge to Westminster 2.5 miles