- This is without doubt one of the most fascinating walks possible in South East England. In a most attractive way it explores the Thames between bucolic countryside and the intense development of the World's greatest commercial centre. This isn't so much a walk as a journey.
- We begin in the farmland of London's Green Belt beside the River Darent, a stones-throw from Kent, arriving at Crayford Ness and confluence with the Thames by way of brackish marshes rich in bird life. We then receive the almost magical experience of seeing the great river progress from pre-esturine bleakness to the heart of urbanity.
- The transition between the contrasting landscapes is both inexorable yet surprisingly gentle as the natural environment penetrates well into London. Typically, whilst passing Bulrushes reclaiming an old wharf we might already see the towers of commerce rising before us.
- The walk is also a historical timeline for London. We'll pass evidence of almost every aspect of the city's economic and industrial past from agriculture and fisheries through iron and shipping to electronics and nuclear engineering. We'll conclude besides one of the most famed examples of the built environment anywhere on the planet, Wren's magnificent work at Greenwich. Overall, this walk is a feast for both the eye and the mind, no wonder it's proven so popular.
- The start is timed to allow for a walk without rush but please note that it demands the ability to consistently maintain average walking pace.
- A packed lunch is essential as is water to drink along the way. There is a small supermarket at the beginning but opportunities to re-stock along the way are very limited.
- The walk leader has a lifetime's experience of walking besides London's river and will be delighted to share his extensive knowledge. Feel free to contact him, Ian Bull, for further information. T. 020 7223 3572, E. firstname.lastname@example.org