Seventeen members met at Tower Hill station on Tuesday 27th December on a mild and sunny morning for a walk alongside the Thames to Greenwich. Skirting the Tower of London, we had a look at the execution site where Thomas More amongst others met his end and then the low-tide beach which was popular with East End kids before the War. Leaving the tourist crowds behind, we passed St Katherines Dock and joined Wapping High Street with its historic pubs the Town of Ramsgate & the Prospect of Whitby. We resisted the temptation of sampling their wares and carried on past Shadwell & Limehouse Basins to West India Quay where we had our lunch stop at the Ledger Building. Refreshed we walked through the Canary Wharf complex with its assortment of skyscrapers reminiscent of a Batman movie. Views of the South Dock and the Millwall Dock followed before we entered Mudchute Park which was formed from the spoil excavated from the adjacent docks in the 1860s. We had a look at some of the animals in London’s largest city farm before heading to Island Gardens with its fine view of Christopher Wren’s Naval College and the Royal Observatory on the high ground behind. The foot tunnel took us to Greenwich town centre and the finish of the walk. The group went their separate ways including a few who had coffee in the Gate Clock hostelry enriched with a tot of whisky!
Photos courtesy of Ida Kwan