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Cray Riverway (Bromley)

Gtr London

6 km / 4 miles
Although one of the Bromley Circular Walks, several of which can be linked to make a much longer route, this is a linear route. Seeking to follow the river, it is flat and in the Bromley section of the Cray it has to use pavements much of the way, though there are some attractive garden and park sections initially. Near to the finish it coincides with the London LOOP (Section 2).

Of more merit is the continuation in Bexley north east beyond here following the Cray more closely on paths shared with the London Loop in more rural meadows to reach Bexley station, after which the Cray can be followed to its confluence with the Darent that in turn flows into the the Thames on Crayford marshes. Here the Loop meets eastern end of the Thames Path South East Extension and the Thames can be followed past Crayford Ness west to Erith for transport links, a total of about 14 miles. Having reached the end of the River Cray, rather than go all the way to the mouth of the Darent and thence to Erith, halfway along there a London Loop link leading westwards to the station at Slade Green (which is on the same line - North Kent Line - as Erith). The confluence of the Rivers Cray and Darent is at TQ536760, which also has the advantage of being on the Cray Riverway/London Loop paths. All of the Cray route is on OS Ex 162/LR 177.


Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Name on green/yellow disc; oak leaf/acorn logo
Attributes: Easy
Start: TQ466666 - Orpington library/museum, Orpington, LB Bromley, Gtr London View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ476713 - All Saints church, Foots Cray, LB Bexley, Gtr London View on StreetMap

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook London : the definitive walking guide  (Cicerone Press  - 2002 )
External download Cray Riverway  (Bromley Countryside Ranger Service ) Download


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OS Landranger 177
OS Landranger Active 177
OS Explorer 162
OS Explorer Active 162

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Route Profile:

5.7 km (3.5 miles)
33 m (108 ft) ascent
59 m (194 ft)  maximum height

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