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London Rivers Week 2024: Ravensbourne Photographic Pilgrimage – Source to Mouth

June 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

As part of London Rivers Week, Edwin Quast will be walking the entire length of the Ravensbourne River from its source in Keston Rise near West Wickham on the outskirts of London to its mouth at Deptford Creek. He will be documenting this journey with his camera.

Anyone is invited to join this pilgrimage for as much or as little as this journey as they feel as comfortable with.
We will be tracing the geology and geography along the Riparian Coridoor as the river carries itself to where it must be. It will be a walk, that has been walked by many people before us.

The walk will provide an opportunity to experience the Ravensbourne’s meandering route through time and space, conversing with fellow pilgrims about historical, ecological and communities along the way, including changes to the river (physically, geographically, socially, culturally & historically), looking at its past, present and future.

Photo Credit: Lewisham Archives – Floods of 1968

We will also observe some of the restoration schemes that Thames21 has been working on within this catchment and discuss how volunteers can get involved more closely with these projects, including citizen science initiatives and other types of volunteering.

The guided walk will begin at Ceasar’s Well, meeting at Keston Fish Pond’s Car Park at 8am and will finish at the Thames River near Deptford Creek at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich at the end of the day.
The length of the entire walk with be roughly 10 miles or 16km.
There is no estimated end-time for the walk, but it will be completed before sunset.

Please be prepared with comfortable and weather appropriate clothing and shoes, healthy snacks and plenty of water. Toilet breaks and snack/lunch breaks will be included. The entire walk is expected to take 6 hours.

Attendees are welcome to join for as much or as little of the walk as they choose.
They are able to join at  the journey at any point, and there is no expectation to join the pilgrimage for any longer than they are comfortable with. Toilets breaks will be included.

More detailed timings and waypoints will be shared closer to the time.

He will also be sharing his live location with those who would like to join at any point along the route.

Edwin will be photographing the journey along the way and attendees are encouraged to do the same. Depending on levels of interest, there is the possibility of creating a collective group exhibition at some point by the end of the year.

Edwin will be able to offer technical advice on camera settings, exposures and composition, as well as encouraging those attending to share their technical photographic knowledge and interests with one another during the walk. We will stop regularly to observe ther river. To look for urban wildlife, to listen, to feel and to connect with one of the Thames’ many tributaries.

We will not be in a rush.

To view some of Edwin’s old photographs, click here.
To find out more about London Rivers Week, click here.

We look forwards to seeing you on this journey. The Thames is confidant. It is ,  It was & it will be,

Sign up forms will be publicly available soon. In the mean time please send an email to if you would like to take part.


Ceasar’s Well
Caesar's Well, Keston Ponds
London, BR2 6HA
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