A Thames Path Odyssey – Part Two – From Capital to Salvation

Date: Sunday 13th May 2018

Distance: 6 miles or 10.3 miles

Start Time: 13:00

Duration: 4 hours or 6 hours

  • By Water
  • Historical
  • Ramble

Meeting Point: Vauxhall railway station, outside booking office in front of bus station

Nearest Station (Start): Vauxhall railway station

End Point: Putney Bridge (6 miles) or Barnes Bridge (10.3 miles)

Nearest Station (End): Putney Bridge or Barnes Bridge

Cost: Free

Email: info@walklondon.org.uk

Telephone: 020 3151 1151

Booking Advice:

Booking is required.
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BOOKING FORM:

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Description:

Beginning at Vauxhall and within sight of the Palace of Westminster we make our way through the staggeringly dense neighbourhood evolving at Nine Elms. Between them, the new buildings and the construction sites comprise both the largest residential development in Europe and the largest of any kind in the UK since the redevelopment of London’s Dockland. Loathe it or love it, this area is bound to impress.

Leaving the Thames Path briefly we make our way around the historic Battersea Power Station, again a site of intense redevelopment, and then into the extensive Oasis of Battersea Park. From hereon we imperceptibly begin to leave the Great Wen behind us. Buildings become smaller, their age and quality increases and progressively more are steeped in heritage. With the great river besides us we’ll tread in the footsteps of Turner and Whistler – it’s no wonder that the Thames is known as liquid history.

We arrive at Putney and by the Church where Cromwell held constitutional debates in 1647 make our way up onto Putney Bridge for a fine vista, indeed, a prospect. For here we now see not concrete and glass towers but a river framed verdantly. We have escaped the burdensome density of London and an ever more tranquil landscape stands before us, beckoning.

Putney railway station is close by for those who wish to retire their feet for the day after 6 miles, but optionally the walk will continue to Barnes Bridge for a fine stroll into the sunset through an ever-less manic environment.

This is part two of a two part walk. Part one of the walk takes place on Saturday 12th May at 10am. You are very welcome to join part two of this walk without joining part one.

The walk leader has a lifetime’s experience of walking besides London’s river and will be delighted to share his extensive historical knowledge both in advance and on the day. Feel free to contact him, Ian Bull, for further information. Tel. 020 7223 3572, Email. ianbull@btinternet.com

PRACTICALITIES:

Toilets.
Start of walk, Vauxhall bus station. Battersea Park, 2.1 miles. Wandsworth Park, 5.2 miles. Bishops Park 6.5 miles.

Break points.
Continuous, with copious bus and train services.

Advice Note:

Suitable for wheelchairs or buggies excepting the last 100 yards of the optional extension. (Stepped access to Barnes Bridge.)

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