Thames Path Walk (Limehouse - St. Katharine Docks) Photo Gallery

Stretching almost 300km, the Thames Path became a national trail in 1989. In London, this trail runs on both sides of the Thames, offering lovely views of the city and skyline. This gallery features photos from Limehouse, just outside Canary Wharf, walking west to St. Katharine Docks. Many parts are actually along the riverfront although there are sections that are inland on the street.

When this part of town was a major port area, Londoners threw garbage and sewage straight into the Thames, and the rich were nowhere to be seen. Today, the area has been cleaned up and private housing has taken advantage of the views, revitalizing the area. But this also meant some parts of the trail had gates and timing restrictions for access.

Although there were gated communities en route that sealed off the riverfront for themselves, there was still plenty of publicly-accessible pathways along the Thames.

The Wapping section opens up for a wonderful view of Tower Bridge and The Shard.

Built in 1828, St. Katharine Docks was damaged in World War II bombings and were abandoned in 1968. The facility has since been revitalized and now is home to many luxury yachts, cafes, restaurants, and shops.

A few hours later, I arrive at a much more busy Tower of London. I hope tourists will find this trail and enjoy more of London on foot.

More information on the trail : National Trails - Thames Path website

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