Waterloo to Putney (approx 7 miles)

The new “Millennium Mile” through the heart of ceremonial London – outside County Hall and opposite Parliament is where you’ll find the crowds. But soon the Albert Embankment gives way to south west London and the river gets an industrial feel again. Lambeth, Vauxhall and derelict Battersea power station seen from close by – when will they sort it out? Time to start counting off the familiar landmarks of London’s bridges – here’s Chelsea which looks as delicate as spun sugar as you walk beneath it.

The river’s narrower but still makes the sky look big and clean and casts a wonderful light. A tranquil interlude in Battersea Park – don’t forget the Peace Pagoda and wonder to yourself why there are no benches. Albert Bridge, then Battersea Bridge, Lots Road power station and the beautiful St Mary’s Church.

Riverside flats and offices for the affluent will have you spinning daydreams. From the River Wandle to Putney’s a bit of a slog but the path opens out again at Putney Bridge with a promise of great things to come on your return for the next stage.