Going Underground

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The Greenwich foot tunnel under the Thames was opened on 4 August 1902 as a means for dock workers who lived on the south side of the river to reach their workplaces on the Isle of Dogs.

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It’s about 1/4 mile long, free to use and open 24 hours a day.

I took the spiral staircase down to the bottom

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and then walked across to Greenwich

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No cycling allowed

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Hmm. Obviously the rules don’t apply to these guys. Walking back through the tunnel when I was heading back to my hotel around 6 o’clock I was nearly hit several times by inconsiderate cyclists speeding past in the narrow passage.

This is the way you’re supposed to do it

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At the Greenwich end of the tunnel I cheated and took the lift back to ground level – to be greeted by this view.

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The Cutty Sark

and a view towards Hawksmoor’s St Alfege’s church

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4 thoughts on “Going Underground

  1. That was one of our favourite trips when I lived in London. Boat to Greenwich, under the foot tunnel and a walk to Canary Wharf and then back to the City by the DLR driver-less trains, sat at the front!

    • I was going to get the DLR back but ended up walking. It was rush hour and I didn’t fancy being crushed up like a sardine (like I was going back to Euston the next day). I need the exercise too 🙂

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