Waterlink Way

The Waterlink Way is located in South East London and heads north from Beckenham to Greenwich following the National Cycle Network. The route is almost entirely off-road along clearly signposted tarmac and concrete cycle paths. The on-road sections may not be suitable for younger children.

Connecting a number of parks and green spaces, the Waterlink Way follows the Pool and Ravensbourne Rivers. The route is very accessible with several railway stations along the route and can be tailored to how far you wish to ride very easily.


The Waterlink Way extends for 7 miles from Cator Park in New Beckenham in south London to Greenwich.

Let’s Pedal

The Waterlink Way is part of National Cycle Network route 21 which is well-signposted making following this cycle route very easy.

Begin your ride along the Waterlink Way in Cator Park in New Beckenham. Join the on-road section along Kangley Bridge Road turning right into Westerly Crescent where you rejoin the off-road path. Back on the road at Fambridge Close following the road through the no-through (for motor vehicles) barriers and carefully cross Southend Lane before rejoining the cycle path directly opposite the exit of Fambridge Close. The path runs alongside the Pool River.

Join the road again at Catford Bridge Railway Station on Adenmore Road. Cycle along this quiet road looking out for the NCN21 signposts until you turn left off the road under a railway bridge into Ladywell Fields park riding alongside the Ravensbourne River.

Leaving the north end of the park, turn left on the B236 then right onto Algernon Road and right again on Marsala Road. At the end of the road, turn right onto Elmira Street, and right again onto Pine Tree Way, left onto Waterway Avenue and through Cornmill Gardens.

Cross the busy A20 and follow the cycle path along the A2210 Thurston Road before turning right immediately after the entrance to the bus station (look out for the NCN21 signpost).

After a short section you will be once again cycling alongside the Ravensbourne River before going through Brookmill Park.

Follow the dedicated cycle paths alongside the A2 Deptford Bridge and head north on paths alongside A2209 Deptford Church Street turning right at The Bird’s Nest Guest House and cycling along Creekside until you turn right onto Copperas Street and the end of the Waterlink Way in Greenwich.

Route Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Cator Park, New BeckenhamCopperas Lane, Greenwich711.3


You will find a number of refreshment stops and public houses available along the route at:

Beckenham, Bell Green, Catford, Lewisham, Deals Gateway, Greenwich.


Toilets are located at:

Greenwich – Cutty Sark Gardens, King William Walk
Ladywell – Railway Terrace, London SE13 7XA

Lots of cafés and public houses in the area offer toilet facilities to customers.

Cycle Hire available at:


Tourist information available at:


How to get here

By Car

Cator Park is located in Beckenham, south east London near Penge, accessible from the A213 and A234 roads.

Greenwich is located on the south bank of the River Thames off the A2 from Camberwell and Peckham, and Bexley.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near to the cycle route at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcodeCostNotes
Lennard RoadBeckenhamBR3 1QS40p per hour
£2 for 6 hours
Cutty Sark Gardens Car ParkCutty Sark Gardens, GreenwichSE10 9HTMonday to Sunday 8am to 6.30pm: £2.50 per hour
Overnight from 6.30pm to 8am: Free
Underground car park for vehicles less than 2 metres in height (including bikes and bike racks)

By Cycle

The Waterline Way is a part of National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 21 from New Addington and links to NCN routes 1 and 4 at Greenwich.

By Train

Kent House, Lower Sydenham, Ladywell, Lewisham or Greenwich.


  • Distance (miles): 7
  • Distance (km): 11.3
  • Start: Cator Park, New Beckenham
  • Finish: Greenwich
  • Type: Cycle paths, some on-road
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: BR3 1LS


  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Greenwich Cycle Hire

5 Old Woolwich Road
SE10 9PP

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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