Greenway footpath, London

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The Greenway at Stratford Marsh

The Greenway is a footpath and bike freeway in London, mostly constructed on the embankment containing the Northern Outfall Sewer. It is similar to the Ridgeway in south London that covers the Southern Outfall Sewer.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The older alternative name for the route is Sewerbank, with the name Greenway introduced after a renovation in the mid-1990s.

The western end of the Greenway is at Wick Lane in Fish Island but the Greenway actually continues a bit further north to Victoria Park, London alongside Wick Lane underpass on pavement under the East Cross Route in London Borough of Tower Hamlets and it crosses Stratford and West Ham. The eastern end is at Royal Docks Road in Beckton. Work has taken place to resurface and renovate the route—especially around the Olympic Park.

The Capital Ring Walk (section 14) follows the Greenway for most of its distance.

The western half of the Greenway embankment is roughly at house eaves height giving a view over the surrounding flat area (see gallery pictures). Between Stratford High Street and Beckton the route is flat. There is a renewed tarmac surface along its full length, with grass kept short on either side and bushes/trees on the embankment sides. The tarmac area is the width of a narrow two way road allowing easy passing of pedestrians and cyclists, with approx the same width of grass on either side.

A community group was set up in 2016 for Greenway users.[7][8]

In mid-2018, Transport for London designated the section of the Greenway between the A13 and A118 as Quietway 22.[9][10]

The renovation of the Greenway was finished in July 2019, after the completion of major water supply works by Thames Water along the western half and the opening of the bridges over the Waterworks River and the City Mill River.[11]

Gandhi's daily walk[edit]

In 1931 Gandhi visited London for a period of 3 months for talks on the future of India, he based himself at Kingsley Hall in Bromley-by-Bow. His host there, the Christian Socialist Muriel Lester described[12] his long early morning walks, beginning before sunrise, and which often took in the Sewerbank through Stratford to Plaistow. Gandhi enjoyed the elevated view the bank offered, and on these walks he would always gather a collection of well-wishers eager to speak to him.


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  1. ^ Young, Nick (February 2017). "Weekend Walks: The Greenway (Beckton To Hackney)". Londonist. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  2. ^ Shepheard, Paul. "East London's Greenway by Adams & Sutherland Architects". BDOnline. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Jubilee Greenway - Transport for London". Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  4. ^ "The Newham Greenway: London's Answer To New York's High Line". Londonist. 26 April 2016.
  5. ^ Staff, Guardian (5 May 2012). "The Greenway and canalside Olympic tour - Britain's best bike rides" – via
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  7. ^ Richard, Author (7 February 2016). "A Greenway Users Group". Easternism.
  8. ^ "Greenway Users".
  9. ^ Cyclist, Hackney (14 January 2019). "Hackney cyclist: The Greenway is now Quietway 22".
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  12. ^ Gandhi's host at Kinsley Hall, Muriel Lester, described these walks in her account of his 3 month stay with her "Entertaining Gandhi", chapter 6 "Sewer Walk by Starlight"

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Coordinates: 51°31′19″N 0°02′58″E / 51.52194°N 0.04944°E / 51.52194; 0.04944