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Part 1 - Thames Barrier to Royal Docks - 3 Km - Across London Visual Marathon

Updated: Mar 8


This section of the Across London Visual Marathon takes you through scenic riverside views and parks around the Royal Victoria Dock.

View across Victoria Dock towards the O2 and City Hall

Part 1 goes from Pontoon Dock DLR (near the Thames Barrier) to the Royal Victoria Dock DLR and is about 3 Km long. It is both scenic and quiet. The route takes you to the Thames Barrier Garden, the Thames Barrier, the Royal Victoria Dock, the ExCel London, the Emirates Cable Car, and the new City Hall.

The Best Time

The best time to do this run is first thing in the morning - any day of the week. The area around the Excel can get busy, buts it's an excellent place to stop for refreshments and to admire the dock views.


The Location of Part 1

As the map shows, this is part 1 of the 14 parts of the Across London Visual Marathon, which starts at the Thames Barrier (part 1) and ends at Hyde Park Corner in the West End of London in part 14. This shows the first five parts, which start at the Thames Barrier and end at the Tower of London.

It's a flexible marathon designed to let you choose which parts you want to do and when so you can do as little or as much as you want at any one time. These photorun blogs are more about the place than the pace, where creative fun is more important than a fast run.


The Route for Part 1

This is a more detailed map and summary of the route.

Across London Visual Marathon Part 1 - Eastern section

Start at Pontoon Dock DLR station and finish at Royal Victoria Dock DLR Station.



The Google map and the summary video are useful to have open when doing these Photoruns. They will help you remember what the route looks like and prevent you from getting lost.

The Plotaroute map is an alternative guide where you can download the route to a device.

Experience part 1 of the route at high speed.

This short video gives a quick overview of the route and the sights and then shows you what the route would look like if you were running it at about 25 mph.

This is a very short animated view of the route. Click the link below when you are there to position yourself on the map, view the photos in the gallery or download the route to a device.



This section provides you with a virtual tour, a guide to the sights you can see, a brief history of the area and a gallery of some of the sights with a brief description of each.

Map and Virtual Tour - Part 1

Take a virtual tour of the area and see it virtually in 360. Just click on the location icons on the map, and you will be transported to the location. You can then look around and get a sense of space and place before you experience it first-hand.


Gallery of Sights

This gallery provides a descriptive and visual reference to many of the sights you will see along this photoroute. Double-click to see the image in full screen. or go to the Plotaroute link above to see them on a map.


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