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LONDON RIVERS WEEK: Guided Walk – Davy Down to RSPB Rainham Marshes
May 31 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
This walk is part of the Land of the Fanns ‘Community Mapping – 100 Stories project’ led by Kinetika, which, with local communities, will identify and celebrate 100 stories gathered in response to the Land of the Fanns landscape areas, and make 100 silk flags using Kinetika’s batik silk painting process. The project will culminate in a 100 Stories Walking/Arts festival in Summer 2020.
The walk route has been devised by local volunteers to inspire stories, memories and responses and during the walk we invite you to do any or all of the following
- Enjoy the walk, meet people, connect with Land of the Fanns and get to know the area if you are new to it
- Think about your personal connections to the landscape en route
- Share stories about the area
- Capture stories or themes through informal writing and drawing activities
- Record the experience through taking photos on smart phones or cameras
Find more information and book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/5-davy-down-to-rspb-rainham-marshes-tickets-62038217980
The walk starts at Davy Down where there will be an introduction to the Community Mapping project by Kinetika inside the Pumping Station. The walk then begins with a walk through Field of Peace and along the River Mardyke (can do a circular walk back to Davy Down from here). From here the walk continues towards Lion Gorge, passing great views of Chafford Hundred. This SSSI which had been used for chalk extraction now hosts fascinating wildlife, history and geology. The walk then continues towards St Clements Church where we will stop for lunch and have a look around the Church which can be seen in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. (Can leave or join the walk here).
After lunch we then walk along the Thames passing the graffiti wall towards Purfleet. Once at Purfleet we will here about the history of the area including stories of Dracula. The last section of the walk is a tour around RSPB Rainham Marshes (can join just for this section). This site is haven for all kinds of wildlife – birds, water voles, dragonflies and more. The walk will finish with a summary from Kinetika at RSPB Rainham Marshes.
- Registration for walk: 9:45am
- Walk starts: 10:00am
- Meet: Davy Down Pumping Station
- Walk ends: 5:00 pm
- Ends: RSPB Rainham Marshes
- Duration: 7 hours
- Distance: 10 miles overall
- Davy Down to St Clements 3.8 miles (2 hours)
- St Clements to Purfleet 3.8 miles (2 hours)
- Rainham Marshes Circular route: 2.4 miles – suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs
- Grading: Moderate
- Walk leaders: Steve Mitchell(Davy Down)/Steve Green/Lesley Robinson/Louise Moss(Rainham Marshes)
Toilets, café, shop, car park, adventure playground at Rainham Marshes.
Free Parking at Davy Down and Rainham Marshes
The nearest station at the start of the walk: Chafford Hundred (RM16 6QQ) approximately 2.1 mile walk to Davy Down.
The nearest station at the end of the walk (Rainham Marshes) is Purfleet. Purfleet train station is on the C2C line from Fenchurch Street. The reserve is a 15 minute walk from the station following the brown pedestrian signs along the riverside path. Turn right out of the station and then join the path at the Royal Pub. Follow the River wall path and then cross the Mardyke Bridge to the Visitor Centre.
Nearest bus stop at the start of the walk: Davy Down 22/24/32/370/X90/Z1
Nearest bus stop at the end of the walk: The ensign bus 44 bus route which runs between Lakeside and Grays, stops near the RSPB reserve entrance on New Tank Hill Road. This bus runs every hour and up to 30 minutes during peak periods.
These walks are of different lengths and on different terrain. Some are mainly on footpaths, and other mainly on footpaths where ground may be uneven.
The walk between Davy Down and Rainham Marshes is not suitable for wheelchairs. The circular walk at Rainham Marshes is suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs.
About the Land of the Fanns Community Mapping Project: 100 Stories
The 100 Stories programme will work with local communities and individuals of all ages across the Land of the Fanns area to identify and celebrate 100 stories gathered in response to the Land of the Fanns landscape areas, and make 100 silk flags using Kinetika’s batik silk painting process. The project will culminate in a 100 Stories Walking/Arts festival in Summer 2020. Alongside the community mapping and arts festival will be a creative skills training programme including interpreting the landscape through art, creative writing, filming, photography and walk leader training.