Featured Walks

SUMMER COURSE - The River of History - From the Big Stink to the Big Barrier

Walks along four different stretches of the Thames Thursday mornings in July at 11.00 am £35 for all four walks, numbers limited.

Compared with other great rivers of the world, such as the Nile, the Amazon and the Mississippi, the Thames is a mere stream! However it must be the shortest river in the world to have acquired such a famous history.

The Thames is 215 miles long and is navigable for 191 miles. It has 134 bridges along its length and 44 locks above Teddington. There are more than 20 major tributaries, some of which are now under ground, such as the Fleet.

London could never have existed without the Thames. It has been the focus of human life ever since the first humans entered the region. Over the past 2000 years no one can deny the central importance of the Thames to the development of London. It brought its trade, and in so doing gave beauty, squalor, wealth, misery and dignity to the city. It has inspired painters like Turner, poets like Blake, writers such as Dickens and even popular song writers. Those of a certain age will be familiar with Waterloo sunset sung by the Kinks.

To consider different aspects of the Thames, both past and present, and how it has influenced London, WLWU are offering a short summer course of four walks along different sections of the river. Why not come and walk the river of history on Thursday mornings in July? All walks will start at 11.00 am and finish by 1.00 pm.

Thursday 6th July - Richmond, led by Elaine Wein

Thursday 13th July, Vauxhall, led by Anne Tickell

Thursday 20th July, Abbey Mills, led by Jenny Rossiter

Thursday 27th July, Thames Barrier, led by Jenni Bowley

Full details with meeting points will be on our website shortly and in the next newsletter. If you would like to reserve a place on this course, please email jenni@bowley.net. Priority will be given to those who book for all four walks, but if you would like to attend individual walks, please contact us and we will let you know if space is available nearer the time.