This walk starts on the River Thames path at Thamesmead, which is not terribly well served by public transport. Abbey Wood is the nearest railway station:
This station is being rebuilt as a Crossrail terminus, and the nearest bus stop is currently quite a long walk from the station with fences everywhere!
The bus then terminated short of my destination, so I walked the rest of the way to the Thames.
The Green Chain Walk itself starts a bit further down.
The path wiggles through Thamesmead, with some surprisingly nice open spaces and waterways.
An underpass leads beneath Western Way, a busy main road.
Then into Southmere Park, with a nice lake.
and an interesting picnic table:
This is the North Kent railway line, with a new Crossrail train parked in the background:
The route leads into Lesnes Abbey Park, with the ruins of a 12th Century Cistercian Abbey.
It’s then back along the streets to Abbey Wood station, and the train(s) home.
Only 4 miles of walking today!