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Self-guided Walks and Rides

Docks and Ducks


On this ride you can see how nature has taken over parts of the former Surrey Docks, to the south of the Thames. Although known for its major commercial and residential developments, this area also has a number of significant nature reserves. Warehouses, bridges and dock fittings will remind you of the area's past life as a thriving port.

Much of the ride follows routes 4 (eastbound) 2 and 22 (westbound) of the London Cycle Network. These routes – short stretches of which are cobbled – generally pass through quiet streets or along hard-surfaced paths through the open spaces.

This circular ride starts and finishes in Emma Cons Gardens, at the junction of Waterloo Road and The Cut, opposite the Old Vic theatre and near Waterloo Station. It is best followed in a clockwise direction.

The ride is about 15 miles / 25KM long.