Football is coming home, and when it does we don’t want it to get lost on the way.
We’ve put together a few routes to guide it back to the spiritual home of football, Wembley Stadium. We don’t know how it’s getting back to the country, so to cover all bases we’ve outlined routes including catching the ferry to Dover, flying in to Heathrow and by taking the Eurostar to St Pancras International.
Dover to Wembley
Linear walk from Dover to Wembley.
Dover ferry terminal
Make your way from Moscow to Calais, and catch the ferry
Head out of the ferry terminal and into the centre of Dover where you can join the North Downs Way, one of this country’s great National Trails - Follow the trail west, to Folkestone and then up through Ashford and over the Kent Downs until you reach the picturesque town of Chatham. Here you can cross over the River Medway and enjoy stunning views down towards Rochester. From Rochester you need to grab your map and follow local footpaths over to Dartford, where you can cross the River Darent. Once across the river you will immediately join the first stretch of the London Loop, which you will follow north, along the river, until you reach the Thames. From here the path follows west, where it becomes the Thames Path Extension, and then another great National Trail, the Thames Path. As an aside, the stretch from Gravesend to Woolwich will become even easier to walk in 2020 when the England Coast Path opens. (Find out more about the England Coast Path).
The Thames Path takes you right into central London, and you’ll need to keep an eye out for the Houses of Parliament, where you need to turn off. Head north into St James’ Park, continue past Buckingham Palace and into Hyde Park, continue in this direction through North West London until you see the giant arch of your home on the horizon. Keep walking until you reach Stonebridge, where you can pick up this Ramblers Route for the final stretch.
Heathrow to Wembley
Linear walk from Heathrow to Wembley.
Catch a flight from Moscow to Heathrow
Leave the airport and follow the road to Osterley House and then turn north to Hanwell, from here you can follow section 8 of the capital ring, through the Brent Valley golf course, all the way up to Greenford, where you join section 9 of the capital ring. Follow this route through Horsenden, Sudbury and up to Harrow on the Hill. You may see the stadium to your right and think that you are going to miss it, but fear not, once you hit Harrow you follow the capital ring round to the right and onto south Kenton. Continue onto section 10 of the capital ring, through preston park, but turn right before the railway tracks and follow the Wealdstone brook down to Wembley park station. This may not have been the most direct route, but it does mean that you can now approach Wembley along the iconic Olympic way amid great fanfare, and return to your home after all these years.
Visit the TFL website to get maps of the Capital Ring paths.
St Pancras International to Wembley
Linear walk from London St Pancras to Wembley
Eurostar terminal, St Pancras International
Catch a train from Moscow, across Europe, and onto the Eurostar to St Pancras
Walk off the Eurostar, leave the station and head north to Granary square, a great public space behind the station to be greeted by your fans. Drop down onto the Regents canal towpath and follow it west. This path will take you through Camden, past the famous Camden lock, and through to the north of Regents park and the London Zoo – keep an eye out for the vast aviary as you pass the zoo. Keep following the canal onto Little Venice and Maida Vale, through Kensal Green and the Kensal Green cemetery. A final stretch will take you to Stonebridge park where you will need to leave the canal, and follow this ramblers route the rest of the way to take up your rightful place in Wembley stadium.
Even if you don't fancy accompanying football on it's journey home, there are plenty more routes for you to discover.