13km Crystal Palace Park to Greenwich Park Cycle Route
This 13 km route can be made slightly longer if you choose to ride around inside the different parks and/or ride the same route back. This route follows the National Cycle Route 21 along quieter roads and through green patches. Enjoy the scenery along the way and enjoy a walkabout in Greenwich Park after walking through the National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House.
Overview of route:
This route begins at Crystal Palace Park. The park is undergoing a regeneration plan by the Crystal Place Park Trust which signed a 125-year lease. The Trust is now responsible for the caretaking of the park as well as any restoration efforts. The £52m Regeneration Plan is well underway with the restoration of a Grade II listed subway close to completion.
Ride around the park as you please and once you’re fully warmed up, head towards High Street from Crystal Palace Park Road.
Turn left at Barnmead Road then at the end of the road, turn left again and right into Plawsfield Road. Continue down the road when it becomes Station Approach.
Turn right into Kings Hall Road then immediately left into Aldersmead Road along Cator Park (you can ride through the park if you prefer). At the end of the route, turn right into Lennard Road then the first left down the cycle path.
When you exit the cycle path, turn right into Kangley Bridge Road.
Turn right into Westerly Crescent then left into the green area.
Continue straight down Fambridge Close and over the main road into the next green area.
Continue on all the way through to the end (after going underneath the arch of a bridge) and follow the sign for “Catford”.
When you reach the main road, turn right.
When you see stairs leading up to a bridge, turn left to go through the short tunnel under the bridge to get onto Adenmore Road.
Continue straight until you reach an archway with the cycle sign for “Ladywell Lewisham” and turn left. Keep slightly left and continue to follow the sign for “Ladywell Lewisham”.
Cycle through the park until you reach a large green staircase where you will turn left over a small bridge into Malyons Road.
At the end of the road, turn right into Ladywell Road then left into Algernon Road and right to continue down Algernon Road.
Turn right into Marsala Road then eventually right into Ellerdale Street which becomes Elmira Street.
At the end of the road, turn right passing the cycle sign for “Catford”. Just before the colourful building on your right, turn left into Thurston Road.
When you reach the intersection at Jerrard Street, turn right following the cycle sign for “Deptford Greenwich”.
On the other side of the bridge, just after the car park, turn right into Armoury Road then left into the next car park. The “Deptford” cycle path is behind the buildings on the left. Follow this path until you reach the cycle sign for the “Waterlink Way” and turn right.
Continue towards Brookmill Park following the “Deptford Greenwich” cycle sign again.
Cycle through the park until you reach the glass-walled building where you turn left to exit and immediately right onto the allocated cycle path.
Follow the road from inside Brookmill Park. As you exit, turn right sharply to cross over a short bridge then ride along the pathway under a bridge. As you exit, follow the cyclist markings on the road and continue straight over the main intersection into Greenwich High Road.
Continue straight until you see Greenwich University then cycle to the left of the university on the pathway. Cross the road into the garden area and follow the paths. You will pass the National Maritime Museum. Continue all the way straight to turn right at the end onto Park row straight into Greenwich Park. You will need to walk your bike inside the park.
The National Maritime Museum is free to enter but it is recommended you book the free tickets in advance. There’s lots to do including an exhibition on space photography from the competitors in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Additionally, you can find out a bit more about your family history if you have ties to people on the ships or in the Royal Navy.
Just next door is the Queen’s House., which hosts some of the most famous artworks. Annually from November to January, the Queen’s House opens its open-air ice rink with stunning views all around. Be sure to admire the stunning artworks, architecture, and views of the Old Royal Navy College. Tickets need to be booked in advance.
Greenwich Park has a history dating back to the 16th Century. Once the hunting ground for Henry VIII then a Baroque landscape designed by the same landscape architect as the Palace of Versailles; how regal! Much of the landscape has been on the decline over the years due to tree diseases and 5 million annual visitors. Fortunately, a “revival” plan is in place to restore the landscape to its former glory during Charles II’s reign. Do visit the Royal Observatory which is home to the Prime Meridian where east meets west at exactly Longitude 0°.
Feel free to follow the same route back if you’d like to return home.
Overview of route:
If you enjoyed cycling through these parks, check out our Royal Parks route.