Green Chain Walk – Thamesmead to Lesnes Abbey

A nice sunny winters day today, so I’m off on the first leg of my next waymarked walk.

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!

For more information on the 50 mile Green Chain Walk, see and




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