Tuesday, 4 September 2012

These Boots Were Made For Walking (Tours) #5 @BrunelMuseum

Part five in our round-up of the best shoes for walking sees Robert, Director of the Brunel Museum and leader of the Brunel’s Thames Tunnel walk every Tuesday, achieve what we’d thought impossible: to blog about Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s boots while ignoring his most obvious sartorial feature altogether. Which is why he’s such a good guide, o’course…

Stop looking at the hat! Look at the boots! The boots!

“Brunel our most famous engineer wore muddy boots to clamber through his Thames Tunnel at Rotherhithe, and also to launch his steamship, the Great Eastern, at Millwall. The iconic photograph in front of the chains proves it: in those days heavy engineering requires heavy footwear…

Different today.

No mud involved on our Brunel tours. Our ‘Brunel’s Thames Tunnel’ tour descends into the void by narrow staircase, but water and methane are now quite gone. 

Robert keeps it simple

For short walks along the Thames, we think like engineers but walk like sailors. Comfortable deck shoes are quite sufficient for the job in hand.”

Thanks Robert.

For earlier installments click the following links…

Robert is allowed to drive sheep across London Bridge. An Oxford graduate, he's an actor, museum director, author and holder of the Freedom. Let alone the first person since Brunel to organise an underwater fair. 


A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.

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