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Edith Station to Bexley Station
Moored Sailing Boats
The London Loop Leg 10
Erith Station to Bexley Station
Saturday, 29th September, 2007
The London Loop is a 140 mile walk around London and roughly just inside the M25 (although you do not see it) passing through as many green places as possible such as parks, woods, commons, riverside protected areas and open farmland.
The West Essex Ramblers covered this in about 10 mile stretches over the period 2006 to 2008.
We followed the path using "The London Loop" by David Sharp, ISBN1854107593, £13 rrp.
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Some commentary on the photos,
which is also a reflection on the walk
[Road information is just to help identify where we were].
From Erith Station, we headed down to the Thames. The tide was out and Erith's pier stood just above mud (Image 1). Left of the pier we looked up river (Image 2) and to the right we looked downstream (Image 3).
We saw these moorings and a Cobelfret ferry passed us, a commercial line -
Crayfield Marsh, east of Erith, is described on this information board. Dartford Creek is the alternative name for the river Darent where it becomes tidal.
Here are four similar images. Images 1 and 2 face across the river while 2 and 4 are essentially the same view looking upriver, capturing both banks.
An interesting information board about the Erith Saltings.
A view I liked of Erith with industry, town, boats and pier as a backdrop to Crayford Marsh.
This is the river Darent barrier. Image 1-
The barrier is lowered from the top when required. Its height must have been calculated to allow passage of the masted boats illustrated in section 11.
A general information board about marshland birds.
At low tide, we walked south alongside the Darent which looked narrow. The wet, oozy mud shows the water level at high tide.
This picture, taken facing south, shows the confluence of the Darent (left) and the Cray (right). Presumably, this is where the mud slides from one river into the other.
Another information board, Crayford Creek, which I assume is the name of the tidal part of the Cray.
On the board is a photo of tall masted boats, which would have sailed under the barrier, plus a 'You are here' sign which shows where I photographed it.
There were lots of industrial pockets. Image 1 shows how to recycle your house! We
crossed the A206 then continued to follow the Cray. See images 2 and 3 -
We went through Crayford Town then crossed the A207. We entered a recreation ground then returned to the river. Across this open space a goods train passed on the line that runs from Crayford to Bexley.
The same place as in section 13, but including the river.
Our leader kept up a good pace and we were rewarded with a longish stop at Hall Place
Hall Place Mansion. At the time, there was a free photographic exhibition here
Image 1 -
We crossed the railway and the A2, walked through Churchfield Wood, then approached Bexley.
St Mary's Church, Bexley, with an octagonal cap on a square spire.
|Grid Ref. & OS Map|
|Etiquette & Rules|
|Family Walk 1|
|Family Walk 2|
|Mile End & Olympics|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 1|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 2|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 3|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 4|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 5|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 6|
|Shakespeare's Way - Leg 7|
|Shakespeare's Way- Leg 8|
|Shakespeare's Way - 10, 11|
|Shakespeare's Way 12,13,14|
|London Loop - Leg 1|
|London Loop - Leg 2|
|London Loop - Leg 3|
|London Loop - Leg 4|
|London Loop -Leg 5|
|London Loop - Leg 6|
|London Loop - Leg 7|
|London Loop - Leg 8|
|London Loop - Leg 9|
|London Loop - Leg 10|
|London Loop - Leg 11|
|London Loop - Leg 12|
|London Loop - Leg 13|
|London Loop - Leg 14|
|London Loop - Leg 15|
|Norfolk Coastal Path|
|Brecon Beacons - Ross's View|
|Isle of Wight - September 2010|
|Weymouth - Ross's View|
|Crete Page 1 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Page 2 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Page 3 of 3 by JJ|
|Crete Mosaic Photos|
|Evia - Map|
|Evia - Ferry Trip|
|Evia - Karystos|
|Evia - Day 1|
|Evia - Day 2|
|Evia - Day 3|
|Evia - Day 4|
|Evia - Day 5|
|Evia - Day 6|
|Santo Domingo de Silos|