|A Beckton Walk
Route & what to see
When people arrive by DLR at Beckton they tend to do one of two things - go shopping or go to the front of the train to travel back again! Here's a third alternative - go for a walk. This 4 mile circular route links the Greenway and parks and can take in a 9 acre nature reserve in the churchyard of a Norman church and a city farm (check opening times below). Refreshments are available at the ASDA store opposite the station or family restaurant adjoining.
From the station go right
along Woolwich Manor Way taking the path alongside the road (retail
park to right) towards the former ski slope
The 'Beckton Alps' were created in part with the spoil from the construction of the British Library
Where the path divides bear
left down to the road and continue along this. Cross going under
Newham Way (A13).
Continue ahead along High Street South unless the nature reserve is closed in which case go onto the Greenway to the left. Access to the nature reserve is from Norman Road, the first turning to the right.
There is a trail around the reserve and the parish church of St Mary Magdelene has features of interest [more info]
Return to the High Street and
go right (westwards) along the Greenway
This path has been laid out along the Northern Outfall Sewer
At the signs for the Capital
Ring route leave the Greenway on the left and follow signage
through Stokes Road, left at Roman Road and right along Noel Road.
Use the footbridge to cross the main road. On the other side go
between the houses and the industrial building into North Beckton
District Park. Bear right to the lake
This has a shingle beach and is popular with birds and anglers
Go clockwise around the lake
to the pavilion then exit the park via the path to the left.
Cross Tollgate Road and take the path ahead through South Beckton
District Park. At a labelled tree '3 Walnut' just before pylons
detour across the grass to the right to access Newham City Farm [more
King George V Park can be reached through the farm
Return to and continue along
the path. Past the William Thorne Pavilion the path goes to the
Horses from nearby stables graze here
At the edge of the park there
is a shortcut back to the station along the path ahead (Beckton
Corridor) otherwise follow the edge of the park around to the
right. Just before the road cut through the houses to the left
and cross Parry Avenue into New Beckton Park.
Savage Gardens running alongside this was originally tenements built by East Ham in 1903
Head across to the pavilion
and to the left of this go through the gate and continue along
the avenue of trees into East Ham Manor Way. Go left here towards
the roundabout and continue along Woolwich Manor Way back to the
HAM NATURE RESERVE
- Norman Road E6 4HN. Tel 020 8470 4525
Open from 10am Tue - Fri until 4pm (winter) & 5pm (summer). Summer weekends 2-5. Winter weekends 1-4. A guide leaflet is available for a waymarked nature trail from the visitor centre where there are wildlife dioramas.
CITY FARM - King
George Avenue E16 3HR. Tel 020 7476 1170
Open 10-4 Thu - Sun & Bank Hols. The farm has some exotic birds and a variety of animals, including rare breeds of cattle & shire horses. Honey and eggs for sale at certain times. Toilets and picnic tables.
ST MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH
- High Street South E6
This was built about 1130 and has remained largely unaltered except for alterations to the windows and the addition of the west tower in the 16th century. The timber roof over the apse is held together with wooden pegs. On the right of the path from the visitor centre to the church a grave commemorates two men killed on the Titanic in 1912.
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