10 Feb: Greenland Dock

10 Feb: Greenland Dock
Originally uploaded by Sladey.

Taken on our little odyssey around Deptford and Surrey Docks. We had a child-free morning, so we went on a little bike ride, exploring cycle paths and possible routes to the river…

I was also looking for an alternative to my usual route to Greenwich, as the East London Line extension has closed my usual cut under the railway bridges at Cold Blow Lane. The given alternative was pretty horrible, and I nearly got run off the road.

We found a path that runs parallel to Ilderton road that joins the cycle path on Surrey Canal Road. This is the one I should have been on instead of the road. Only it’s not immediately obvious, and there’s no safe way of joining Ilderton Road at one end, or Trundley Road at the other.

BTW, Trundley Road is so named after Johnny Trundley, the Fat Boy of Peckham. I love that little snippet of Local History. He probably had Prader Willi syndrome, or something, and was considered something of a marvel in working class Victorian London.

Actually, when I’m more confident, I’m going to blog some of the madder ideas that road designers come up with for cycle routes. There’s a bit between New Cross and Deptford where the green path suddenly stops, and you go straight into the back of a row of parked cars…


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