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Walking and cycling around Bexley

Bexley has a wealth of walking opportunities throughout the borough.

A young family walking through the park

The Green Chain Walk

The Green Chain is a network of over 300 public and private open spaces stretching across south-east London. The 40 mile walk links them together and is ideal for leisurely strolls or longer rambles. The walk starts on the Thameside Walk at Thamesmead or Erith and continues through Bexley for almost six miles, via Lesnes Abbey Woods, Bostall Heath and Woods, East Wickham Open Space and Oxleas Wood.

Public footpaths in other parts of the borough provide a variety of walks in attractive surroundings. Particularly recommended are paths through Joydens Wood and the Shuttle and Cray riverside walks which pass through the picturesque Cray Valley and the Crayford Marshes by the Thames.

Healthy walks

Walking is known to be good for general health and even a few gentle walks a week can really help improve fitness and well-being. Bexley has a number of organised public walks across some of the borough's parks and open spaces, which are free to everyone. Please see the PDF for walking for health under related downloads. 

The Cray Riverway

The Cray Riverway is a signposted walk along the River Cray. Starting in Foots Cray Meadows it follows the river through North Cray to Hall Place at Bexley, where the Cray is joined by its smaller tributary, the Shuttle. From Hall Place, the Cray Riverway can be followed north to Crayford Marshes and the Thames.

The Shuttle Riverway

The Shuttle Riverway connects the Cray Riverway at Hall Place with the Green Chain Walk, which it meets at Avery Hill in the Borough of Greenwich, passing along the way through Marlborough Park, Willersley Park and Hollyoak Wood Park.

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