GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Green Link Walk

15 miles (24.1 km)

This 15 mile waymarked walk runs from the edge of Epping Forest to Peckham.
On the way you will pass a number of famous London landmarks and attractive green spaces. Highlights include the River Lea, the Regent's Canal, Walthamstow Reservoirs, the River Thames, London Fields, Exmouth Market, St. Paul's Cathedral, The Tate Modern and Burgess Park.
The route also links with several other of London's long distance walks including the Capital Ring, Jubilee Greenway, Lea Valley Walk and the Thames Path. You can also pick up the Epping Forest Centenary Walk at the start of the walk.
You can begin the walk in Upper Walthamstow, near St Peter's church. Head west from here and you will soon come to the Walthamstow Reservoirs where there are some nice waterside trails and lots of wildlife to see in the adjacent Walthamstow Marshes Nature Reserve.
From here you continue south to Lea Bridge where you can enjoy views of the River Lea. Just west of here you will come to Hackney Downs a large area of common land†in Lower Clapton. The park is a pleasant place for a stroll with facilities including a play area, basketball courts, football pitches and a bowling green.
The route continues south west through Hackney towards Islington where you will cross the Regent's Canal near Angel tube station.
Head south from here and you will pass Clerkenwell and Finsbury before coming to the River Thames where you cross to the southern side.
You'll then pass Lambeth, Newington and the Elephant and Castle station on your way to Burgess Park in†Camberwell†in the†London Borough of Southwark. The park includes a picturesque lake and a number of historic, listed buildings. After passing through the park you will soon come to the end of the walk in Peckham.

Green Link Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Green Link Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Photos

The Edge of Epping Forest Walthamstow - geograph.org.uk - 2721893

The Edge of Epping Forest Walthamstow. Start the walk from here.

Reservoir 1, Walthamstow Wetlands - 2022-10-08

Reservoir 1, Walthamstow Wetlands

Hackney downs 1

Hackney downs

Walthamstow Marshes - geograph.org.uk - 3500539

Walthamstow Marshes. Walthamstow Wetlands, a functioning 211-hectare Thames Water reservoir site, serves as the primary water source for 3.5 million people. It doubles as a globally significant nature reserve, offering refuge to a diverse array of wildlife, including rare waterfowl and majestic birds of prey. Featuring varied habitats and landscapes, from densely vegetated scrub-lined banks to expansive vistas overlooking the city, Walthamstow Wetlands retains its status as London's largest fishery. It forms part of the Walthamstow Reservoirs Site of Special Scientific Interest, the Lee Valley Special Protection Area, a Ramsar site of international significance, and the Lee Valley Walthamstow Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.

Southwark Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 5999262

Southwark Bridge over the Thames

Burgess Park Lake - geograph.org.uk - 4686219

Burgess Park Lake. Burgess Park, Southwark's largest park at 56 hectares, stretches from Camberwell and Walworth in the west to Peckham and the Old Kent Road in the east. Developed between the 1950s and 1980s, Burgess Park emerged from the Abercrombie Plan for open spaces in 1943. It replaced a landscape once dominated by factories, crowded streets, and the Surrey Canal, heavily bombed during World War II. Named after Councillor Jessie Burgess, Camberwell's inaugural female Mayor in 1973, the park underwent a significant £8m renovation, reopening in 2012. This transformation cemented its status as a community hub, celebrated for its heritage, sports amenities, lake, wildlife, design, horticulture, and barbecue facilities.

River Lee Navigation near Lea Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 1988116

River Lee Navigation near Lea Bridge

Peckham High Street - geograph.org.uk - 3572626

Peckham High Street

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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