Arranging a date for the first walk of our Thames Path Journey was a challenge given the diaries of those of us who have decided to make it one of those things we do (or rather, we start) this year! So it was great to start and walking the first 4.5 miles from the Thames Barrier to Greenwich was a real pleasure on Tuesday (11 10 2010). It was slightly cool in the wind as we made our way from Charlton Station to a start that’s dominated by the silver wings of the Barrier.
But as Sue, Cecelia and I walked west towards Greenwich the sun came out and lit up the industrial landscapes of Charlton and Blackwell that surround the mouth of this wonderful river.
A diversion took us very close the heavy traffic queuing to enter the Blackwell Tunnel and past an artist in residence on a road bridge –the subject on the canvas was hard to identify but definitely something in oils!
We soon reached Greenwich and its abundance of maritime history. There was time for photos at the Prime Meridian and to admire the architecture and paintings of the Great Hall and the Chapel where we listened briefly to the lunchtime recital.