GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Waterlink Way

7 miles (11.5 km)

This largely traffic free bike ride runs along National Cycle Route 21 from Beckenham to the Cutty Sark on the Thames. It's about a 7 mile run with waterside sections along the Pool River and Ravensbourne River. As it takes place on mostly traffic free paths, walkers can enjoy most of the route too. It's a nice easy route, suitable for beginners or families.
The route starts in Cator Park, Beckenham. Then head north through the park to New Beckenham, Bellingham and Catford. You then head through Lewisham and Deptford, finishing on the Thames by the famous ship.
To extend your exercise you can head to Greenwich Park just to the east of the Cutty Sark. There's nice cycling and walking trails to be found here. Around here you can pick up Quietway 1 which takes you all the way to Waterloo.
You could also continue north along NCN 1 and visit the Isle of Dogs on the other side of the river.
Heading south along NCN 21 from Cator Park will take you to South Norwood Country Park.

Waterlink Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Waterlink Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Footpaths across Cator Park, Beckenham. - - 59155

Cator Park, Beckenham - route start

Waterlink Way in Sydenham

Bridge in Sydenham

Waterlink Way at Bell Green - - 841019

Bell Green

Sustrans milepost at Deptford Bridge - - 1496085

Sustrans milepost at Deptford Bridge

The Pool River in summer - - 841048

The Pool River

Skew arch railway bridge, Catford - - 841140

Skew arch railway bridge, Catford

Pipe bridge over the River Pool - - 841033

Pipe Bridge over the Pool River

Cutty Sark Cote

Cutty Sark, route end!

GPS Files

GPX File

Waterlink Way.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Waterlink Way.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)