Cycling With Kids – Around the Isle of Dogs

Cycling with kids - Around the Isle of Dogs
The route and the data.
The route and the data.

Our shortest cycling route of all – only about 14 km (9 mi).

We do it only if we don’t have enough time for the longest runs.

Good to go!
Good to go!

From Poplar to Mudchute Farm

As always, we start at Home, and the initial part of the cycling route is the same as the Woolwich and Bermondsey routes. At Blackwall, we use the passage under the DLR track, Aspen Way and roundabout and get to the Poplar Dock Marina.

Poplar Dock Marina is surprisingly quite place just next to Canary Wharf
Poplar Dock Marina is surprisingly quite place just next to Canary Wharf

Over the Blue Bridge and on to the Thames Path (NE Extension).

Blue Bridge...
Blue Bridge…

Our first stop is usually the playground next to Kelson House (a quite tall block of flats). Next to it is Timmy’s favourite Folly House Beach which is not named on either Google or Bing maps, but both maps point at it when you typed it in the search.

There is a plenty stones to throw at the Folly House Beach...
There is a plenty stones to throw at the Folly House Beach…

After practising in throwing stones to the River Thames, we continue our cycling route South on Themes Path.

On the Thames Path again...
On the Thames Path again…

After just a couple of hundreds of metres, we turn West towards the Mudchute Farm.

Feeding the cows at the Mudchute Farm.
Feeding the cows at the Mudchute Farm.

Mudchute Farm is our favourite farm in London. It is probably one of the biggest, well-organised farms with a lot of activities throughout the year – especially the school holiday period. We always bring iceberg lettuce to feed the animals – especially chickens and cows love it.

Goats, Lama & Sheep - Mudchute Farm.
Goats, Lama & Sheep – Mudchute Farm.

Part of the farm is the Mudchute Equestrian Centre, so we do spend a lot of time watching the horses – soon we will join for the riding lessons so we will be there ever more often.

Horses from Mudchute Equestrian Centre.
Horses from Mudchute Equestrian Centre.

The farm also has quite a nice cafe/restaurant which does offer an opportunity for tasty lunch/coffee break.

Lunch at the Mudchute Farm Kitchen.
Lunch at the Mudchute Farm Kitchen.

Playgrounds & Sightseeing

Just next to the farm is the Millwall Park & Playground which is the obligatory stop on this cycling route.
From there we head South to Island Gardens to have a look over the river and join back on to the Thames Path.

The view at the Cutty Sark from Island Gardens.
The view at the Cutty Sark from Island Gardens.

Sometimes there is a possibility to have a look at the big ships anchored at Greenwich. Usually a cruise ships on their stop at London. During the Olympic Games, HMS Ocean was stationed there.

The World anchored at Greenwich.
The World anchored at Greenwich.

We go past the SS Great Eastern’s Launch Ramp which was quite a surprise for me the first time I’ve seen it (remember reading about the SS Great Eastern when I was just a boy).

Brunel's SS Great Eastern was launched from here.
Brunel’s SS Great Eastern was launched from here.

As the Thames Path take us off the river bank, we go past Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre and join the path back by the Sir John McDougal Gardens.

Approaching the Canary Wharf Pier.
Approaching the Canary Wharf Pier.

From there we continue North on the Thames Path to past the Canary Wharf pier and its bars and restaurants and to the Ropemakers Field & Playground.

Past the Canary Wharf Pier.
Past the Canary Wharf Pier.

On the Way Home

The playground used to be Timmy’s favourite spot until the big castle was removed for safety reasons. In 2019 new ship feature was added, so this cycling route stop is popular again. From there we join the Limehouse Cut and head back Home.

This route is one of five I am presenting here to offer some guidance on how the route could look like and what kind of stops or activities we do. I am sure you can come up with even better ones; we just work with what is near us.
Please share yours, I am interested to see your route as well!

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