The National Trail 'The Thames Path' goes from the Thames Barrier to its source, 180 miles away at Kemble in Gloucestershire. The routemarker for that path is an acorn. I walked that trail back in 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed the walk. Since then the path has been extended beyond the Thames Barrier but it isn't that clear how far it actually goes so I have decided to follow the river as far as possible on its journey out to sea. The routemarker for this path is a stylised picture of an old Thames sailing barge.
Monday, 26 April 2021
Across the river on the North Bank was this large ship. I am not sure of its purpose but I know from my Underground challenge and walking in the Dagenham area that the large Ford factory is roughly sited along that part of the river.
Zooming in with the camera I could see the sign on one of the buildings. Although vehicle assembly ceased here in 2002 the site still produces engines so that might explain the large ship moored across the river.
This mosaic on the wall beside the river was designed by local people to reflect the wildlife and beauty of the River Thames. It is one of a series along the Thames Pathway.
There were a number of conveyers towering above the pathway ready to carry materials out to waiting barges or to bring waste products to the recycling units that have their centres here.
The Tesco delivery vans are all lined up. These have been incredible busy of late with everyone trying to get their food delivered to their home rather than going into the supermarkets. During all our months of lockdown I was unable to secure a delivery slot!
Large concrete silos and waste disposal industries lined this section of the path.
You can't go far without seeing a discarded supermarket trolley.
Just looking back towards my starting point for today but I can no longer see the sludge incinerator chimney from here.
Another of the Thames path mosaics beside the path that leads me up to Erith riverside gardens.
Friday, 23 April 2021
At the end of the Easter holidays I went with my daughter and the grandchildren to Hever Castle in Kent. Dating back to the 13th century the castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth 1. Although the castle is currently closed due to Covid restrictions the gardens and grounds are still open.
As well as extensive grounds and gardens there are three different playgrounds for the children. The one above was a water maze where the children had to find their way to the centre. When you step on the paving slabs, fountains of water spring up. The children were soaked but they had a fabulous time.
For once it felt a little bit of normality had returned.
Thursday, 15 April 2021
I took these photos just before Easter in Greenwich Park. The Spring flower displays were just coming into their own and I couldn't resist snapping a few displays to share with you.