JUN 16,2013 - JUN 16,2013 (1 DAYS)
Poplar Dock, Wood Wharf, West India Quay, Limehouse Dock Basin, Canary Wharf - 1/2 Day Walk (can be combined with East India Dock Basin & Trinity Buoy Wharf walk):
General Orientation: A wonderful walk. Some of the quiet backstreets and pedestrian footpaths through Poplar, Blackwall and Limehouse Basin. This route will lead you down to a stunning network of waterfronts.
Start: Poplar DLR Station.
Connect: Blackwall DLR station.
End: Devons Road DLR Station or Canary Wharf Station.
Distance: 5-6 km.
Duration: Half a day.
We start at Poplar DLR station:
Continue onto Aspen Way. Take the exit on the right. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Trafalgar Way. Take the crosswalk and Poplar Dock Marina is on your left. Poplar Dock connects to the Blackwall Basin of the West India Docks. The Poplar Dock is independent of the Docklands system and has never had a direct connection to the Thames. It is, originally, a series of reservoirs built by the West India Dock Company in 1828 and was converted into a railway dock:
Note the interesting "Figurehead For Docklands" statue in the dock:
The scenery of housing monsters surrounding the tranquile barges marina is breath-taking:
Head south toward Preston's Road (depending on your exact location - you may walk through Landons Lane). Turn right onto Preston's Rd. Walking along the river you see (The Love Grove Walk signpost) the impressive "The Leap" statue of 8 Dolphins (on your right):
You are now in the Wood Wharf. New plans for the massive Wood Wharf development, to the East of Canary Wharf, have been unveiled and undertaken. The plans include numerous towers, a number of which are over 150m. Each individual building is to be designed by different architects:
A few steps later you arrive to a new magnificient site, still in a midst of refurbishment and reconstruction under an ambitious master plan - the West India Quay. Home to the Museum in Docklands and a Cineworld multiplex cinema. There are also amazingly restored warehouse converted residences. West India Quay is a jewel of architecture !
Head south on Preston's Rd. toward Harbour Quay. Turn right onto Harbour Quay. Slight right toward Cartier Ln. Take the stairs and turn right onto Cartier Cir. Continue onto Trafalgar Way. Turn right. Take again the stairs and Blackwall Basin will be on the right. See the colourful canal boats and houseboats moored here. Blackwall Basin offers excellent views of Canary Wharf (west) and the O2 Arena (to the east). Views of many other commercial and residential properties are available. Several footbridges allow for unimpeded views of the dock area:
Head east toward Boardwalk Pl. Turn right onto Boardwalk Pl. We are back in Poplar Dock Marina:
Head north. Turn right 3 times and you face Blackwall DLR station.
Now continue with the DLR to Limehouse DLR station. Head north on Bekesbourne St toward Commercial Rd. Turn right onto Commercial Rd. Turn right onto Branch Rd:
Continue straight onto Branch Rd. Turn left. Turn right and the Limehouse Basin is on your right. The Limehouse Basin provides a navigable link between the Regent's Canal and the River Thames, through the Limehouse Basin Lock. The Basin lies between the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) line and historic Narrow Street. Directly to the east is a small park, Ropemaker's Fields. Limehouse basin which is just south of the DLR has been transformed into apartments. Narrow street (or Limehouse Dock) has a couple of well known old pubs and some nice views over the old dock water:
Go east (along the Basin) and exit at the Ropemakers Field:
Walk along the path encircling the Basin, pass under the Commercial Road bridge and you are in the Limehouse Cut. The Limehouse Cut is a straight, broad canal. It now connects to Limehouse Basin (which in turn connects to the River Thames). The Cut is part of the Lee Navigation and is administered by British Waterways. Factories and warehouses line the Cut for the initial section of the cut above Limehouse Basin - now serviced by roads. Most use of the Cut is for pleasure, both on the water and beside the water on the towpaths. The scenic towpath along Limehouse Cut and across (under) roads and railways in the area - provides a distinct viewpoint and marvelous walk with pleasure. The towpath is quite narrow and sufficient for walkers, cyclers and runners...
We won't walk the whole stretch of the Cut and we'll make almost 80% of its length - turning left to Devons DLR station:
Walk about 2-3 km. until you see small stairs, on your right, leading to Violet Road (on the left side of the Limehouse Cut). You turn LEFT to Violet Road, starting with the "Sparatt's Patent Limited" building:
Walk along Violet Road until its end. It continues as Devons Road and you'll see the DLR station on your right:
In case you are still potent for one more adventure during this half-day - take the DLR to the Canary Wharf station. I recommend doing it if you are lucky with a sunny afternoon: