Arc 3

Woolwich to Dartford: Thames estuary industry and wetlands
Hilliness
Flat
Ride Conditions
Excellent
Unsurfaced
Warning
Percent Off-road
95%
Distance
13.0 miles
Signed
NCN 1

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Description

The family friendly section is from Woolwich to Erith, but continues off-road to Slade Green

Woolwich Arsenal is 500m S of the pier head in the Arsenal site. Until Erith follow the straightforward but magnificent estuarine ride on NCN1, passing a number of interesting industrial and infrastructure sites. The (newly hoggin-surfaced) cycletrack diverges from the Thames Path 2.1 to 2.7, then after sweeping round Crossness Point, the fascinating Crossness Pumping Station 4.1 announces the Southern Outfall Works. Beyond lie two energy from waste facilities (in this section sand or flotsam and jetsam may be a hazard).

On reaching Erith 6.4 you can continue beside the water or divert along West Street (quicker, and chosen by NCN1; your choice). After a short roadside stretch beyond Erith the path 8.1 takes a broad panoramic sweep round to the Darent river mouth* and up the Cray estuary. At 10.1 carry straight on W to Slade Green; Arc 3 continues to A206 main road, with mainly off road provision to Dartford.

•Sadly there is no crossing provision (yet) at the Darent Flood Barrier – which would allow walkers and cyclists to continue along the Thames – in the latter case to Spinoff 4 for the Dartford River Crossing and on to Gravesend.

Route
Improved cycleway at Crossness: Arc 3
The Crossness Southern Outfall Works: Arc 3 highlight
Thames Barge on Erith Reach: Arc 3