City and Dockland Walks

CITY & DOCKLAND WALKS

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FOOTWEAR

Most walks go along paved roads and paths but Barbican and Limehouse walks goes over some un-made paths which can be a little muddy after rain . Be shod accordingly.

meeting up

Meeting points are listed for each walk, here is the full list with directions.

level access

Barbican, Blackfriars, Cornhill, Limehouse and Tower Hill walks all involve steps (just a single step down for Cornhill). Barbican and Limehouse also include some uneven ground. Other walks are on the flat.

CHILDREN

Accompanied children are welcome. Please note, however, that whilst the Walks contain nothing inappropriate they are not geared towards youngsters. Older children may enjoy them – though you might end up answering questions like “What’s a lady-of-the-night?”!

PRICES & DISCLAIMER

Zoom walks are open to everybody and entry is by donation (to my chosen charity), no minimum amount (no maximum either!). At present, however, no Zoom walks are planned. ‘Real’ Walks are free, by invitation only, and you come at your own risk.

The Walks

  • Places mentioned for each walk are only a sample to indicate the general route.
  • Unless otherwise stated, walks take around 90-120(ish) minutes approximately.
  • The Guildhall, St Pauls and Tower of London are all worthy of tours in their own right so only highlights will be mentioned.
  • As a rule we’ll not be going inside buildings but may do so briefly if opportunity offers.

City Walks

BARBICANbegins and ends at St Pauls tube
Goldsmiths Company, Wood Street, Salters Hall, St Giles Church, Barbican, Salters Gardens and City Wall, Physic Garden, more Wall,  Assay Office.
Meet outside the Co-Op by St Pauls tube, exit 2.

Smithfield Market

BISHOPSGATE – begins and ends at Liverpool Street station (unless stalled at Dirty Dick’s!)
KinderTransport, St Botolphs, London Wall, Livery Companies, Austin Friars, Skyscrapers, Synagogues, Middlesex Street, Dirty Dick’s.
Meet by the KinderTransport Memorial which is on the south forecourt of the station (Liverpool Street exit)

BLACKFRIARSbegins and ends at Blackfriars station
Playhouse Yard, Carter Lane, St Pauls, Wren’s Lantern, Swan Master, Blade Of Light, Blackfriars station and bridge.
Meet outside Blackfriars main station entrance on north side of river.

CORNHILL begins and ends at The Monument
Great Fire, Pudding Lane, Cannon Street, Lombard Street, Coffee Houses, Leadenhall Market, Lloyds Building, Great Plague
Meet on the North side of the The Monument (the tower itself, not the underground station). This is the side away from the Thames and with the tube exit in sight up the hill.

St Pauls from New Change shopping centre (with thanks to Melanie L)

LUDGATE HILL – from St Pauls tube to St Pancras Garden
Paternoster Square, Stationers Company, Temple Bar, St Pauls, Cheapside Tree, Wax Chandlers, Guildhall, Dick Whittington, Great Conduit, Pocahontas, Bow Church.
Meet outside the Co-Op by St Pauls tube, exit 2.

SAINT BART’S – Blackfriars station to Postmans Park
Apothecaries Hall, Old Bailey, Newgate Prison, Cock Lane,  Smithfield Market, St Bartholomew’s hospital and churches, Founders Company, Postmans Park
Meet outside Blackfriars main station entrance on north side of river.

TOWER HILL The Monument to Tower Hill station
Great Fire and Plague, Billingsgate, Watermans Hall, Roman Baths,  All Hallows Church, Lloyds Register, Trinity House, Tower Hill.
Meet on the North side of the The Monument (the tower itself, not the underground station). This is the side away from the Thames and with the tube exit in sight up the hill.

Part of James Greathead’s tunnelling shield

WALBROOK Moorgate tube to Walbrook Wharf
Finsbury Circus, London Wall, Austin Friars, Telegraph Street, Tokenhouse Yard, Bank Of England, Royal Exchange, Mansion House,  The Underground, Dowgate Hill and Livery Companies, Dick Whittington, Southwark Bridge.
Meet outside NatWest bank by Moorgate tube exit 3.

Docklands Walks

LIMEHOUSE – Docklands Museum to Wapping Station (90-120 minutes) 
Limekiln Wharf, Limehouse Church,  Limehouse Cut and Basin, Shadwell Park and Basin, Tobacco Dock
Meet outside the Docklands Museum.

WAPPING – Wapping Station 
to Tower Hill station (60-90 minutes)
Brunel Tunnel, Captain Kidd, Execution Dock, River Police, Wapping riverfront and docks, Hermitage Wharf, St Katherine’s Dock, Tower Bridge
Meet opposite Wapping station.

NORTH BANK Docklands Museum to Tower Hill station (3.5 to 4.5 hours) 
An amalgamation of the Limehouse and Wapping walks with lunch at the Captain Kidd pub en route.
Meet outside the Docklands Museum.

Limehouse Basin

Meeting points

Here is a list of the meeting points mentioned in the Walks.

Future walks

Alongside the above walks I am planning the following.

SEVEN BRIDGES From Blackfriars station to Tower Bridge.

If anybody wishes to come on a ‘planning’ walk then do get in touch.