Lewisham: along the River Ravensbourne

A view of the River Ravensbourne from Cornmill Gardens. Image: Ewan Munro

If you are in the borough of Lewisham this weekend and fancy a short and easy cycle with then why not go along this stretch of the River Ravensbourne from Deptford to Ladywell Fields.

The cycle route in the borough of Lewisham forms part of the Waterlink Way, a route along the River Ravensbourne, which is a tributary of the Thames.

Starting at Broadway Fields by Deptford Bridge, we cycle alongside the river and past the Stephen Lawrence Centre to Brookmill Park. There you can take the special cycle path or go alongside the meandering river, which is full of wildlife.

Then we leave the park, crossing the river on a small footbridge and on to Elverson Road DLR station. Look out for the cycle routes signs so you don’t get lost.

After the station we turn right and go under the railway tunnel. Next, turn left and go towards the junction. Cross the road by foot and join the cycle path on the other side. This takes us to Cornmill Gardens where we meet the river again. On this stretch you can see the mysterious flights of stairs that walk down into the river.

The area around here has been regenerated and a variety of plant species, such as meadow foxtail, sweet vernal grass and yellow flag iris have been planted.

At the end of Cornmill Gardens turn right, follow the signs for cycle route 21 until you meet the T-junction by Ladywell station. Cross the road and we have arrived at our destination, Ladywell Fields, where there are adventure playgrounds, a skate ramp and café.

Route map: along the River Ravensbourne from Deptford Bridge to Ladywell Fields

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