A summary map of this section can be downloaded below. The south bank route is 10 miles (16km) long and the north bank route to Island Gardens is 5.5 miles (8.8km) long.
The Thames Path offers a choice of walking routes either side of the river from Teddington footbridge as far as Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs opposite Greenwich.
A useful walking guide to this section of the Thames Path can be downloaded from Walk London's website - click on 'leaflets' on the left side of the page.
It's a great start to this section amongst the narrow cobbled lanes and tall converted warehouses with a glimpse of how Victorian dockland must have been at one muddy inlet just beyond the Design Museum. Soon however busy central London is left behind and, keeping mostly to walkways next to the river, you pass primarily residential areas on the way to historic Greenwich where east and west meet either side of the meridian line. Places particularly to savour are Rotherhithe, from where the Pilgrim Fathers departed to America in 1620, the substantial inland area of water left at Greenland Docks and lovely Greenwich itself.
From Greenwich to the O2 Centre there are still working wharves lining the riverside giving an industrial flavour to the area, and decaying piers or warehouses as a reminder that London once was the busiest port in the world. Around the O2 Centre a wide walkway next to the river takes you much of the remaining distance to the finish of the Thames Path at the iconic steel hoods of the Thames Barrier protecting London from flooding.
The last 10 years have seen great improvements to the route of the Thames Path along here with many developments providing wide, pleasant promenades along the riverside where previously one had to walk along sections of busy road.
The start is lovely with the Path skirting fascinating St Katharine Docks, where frequently tall ships are moored, ahead of Wapping with its several historic pubs, cobbled streets and pleasantly converted warehouses. Before the tall modern buildings at Canary Wharf there's the inland water basins at Shadwell and Limehouse to enjoy and the pleasant green interlude of King Edward Gardens.
Your final stretch to Island Gardens is mostly along broad promenades beside modern apartments and once you arrive take time to enjoy the view of the Old Royal Naval College across the wide river. If you wish to complete the journey to the Thames Barrier, you can cross here to Greenwich via the foot tunnel emerging by the Cutty Sark.