Run South-East London: Cutty Sark Loop
Updated: Apr 30, 2020
A 12 mile loop passing through Greenwich, Charlton and Blackheath, starting and finishing at the Cutty Sark DLR Station.
This loop starts and finishes at the Cutty Sark DLR station but other stations near the route include Blackheath, Charlton, Greenwich and North Greenwich.
Details for this route can be found here and you can download the GPX file to follow the route directly from your watch.
Miles 1 & 2
The route starts in Greenwich town centre. It begins by briefly skirting along the edge of the river before heading uphill through
St Alfege Park and then to Point Hill. At the top of Point Hill is a spectacular viewpoint that looks out onto Canary Wharf. From here the route heads out across Blackheath Common and then down Heath Lane - a lovely quiet lane that will make you forget you are in London!
Miles 3 & 4
The next couple of miles follow Blackheath Park Road and Morden Road. These wide streets are lined with picture-perfect houses either side and make for a very peaceful running spot. The route then returns to Blackheath Common before reaching Shooters Hill Road which is the busiest section of the run.
Miles 5 & 6
At this point the route cuts through the entrance to Charlton Lido and continues along the path as it leads to Hornfair Park. The route then joins the Green Chain Walk and heads through to Charlton Park, Maryon Wilson Park and then Maryon Park. This is certainly a very leafy green part of the run and should be relatively easy to follow as there are lots of signs for the Green Chain Walk.
Miles 7 - 10
The paths through the parks eventually lead downhill towards the river, ending up at the Thames Barrier. There's a water station and public toilets here if you need to take a break. At the Thames Barrier follow the Thames Path heading West towards the O2 arena. The path hugs the river and provides great views of Canary Wharf and Central London.
Miles 11 & 12
This is the last stretch back into Greenwich. Make sure to take in the views of Greenwich Park, the Old Royal Naval College and the Cutty Sark before ending your run back where you started. Fortunately there's plenty of shops, cafes and pubs here if you want to end with a celebratory meal!
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