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Walking the Capital Ring - Section 1

Another year, another walk. After taking last year off due to buying a flat, and being generally busy, we decided that it was time for another of the big Walk London. Two years ago we did the London LOOP, and this year we are walking the Capital Ring, its smaller cousin.

We started our walk with two Tubes and the DLR to the start at Woolwich Arsenal; at the bottom end of the foot tunnel. From here we walked a little bit along the Thames, looking out over the skyline and, just of reach, the Thames Barrier. We'll have to visit that another time.

After crossing the moderately busy Woolwich Road at the wrong point, we went into Maryon Park, and up the hill over some steep steps through Maryon Wilson Park_. We went the wrong way around Charlton Park, but that did not add much to the length of the walk; but it probably wasn't as pleasant. Going across another park (Hornfair Park) and Woolwich Common we found ourselves having to cross a busy road.

We then climbed up through Castlewood to Severndroog castle. An interesting triangular castle, which also features a café. We decided to leave this café behind and after passing through Jack Wood we climbed another small hill. At the top, we stopped for tea and cake (yum!) at the Oxleas Wood Café. Besides tea and cake, they also seem to offer a nice menu for breakfast and lunch. Free WiFi too!. After our restorative tea we walked back down the hill. A little bit of a spray wouldn't spoil the fun.

At the bottom we saw some ducks, and then the end of Section 1 was reached near Falconwood station. If the weather would have been better, and we hadn't been invited for "Soup" in the evening, we could easily have done the next section too. But that will have to wait for another weekend.

Route (with GPX)

Waymarked Trails


1h 55m 42s


9.10 km

Average Heart Rate

108 bpm

Calories Burned

1170 cal

For the full photo series, see my Flickr set.


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