Sunday, 30 November 2014

Walk of the Week: Docklands


Every Sunday we’ll pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage.



You can check out the full schedule at www.walks.com.



But if you only take one walking tour this week, why not make it…







DOCKLANDS


Cobblestones, Quaysides & Cloud-capped Towers

10.30 am on the first Saturday of every month from Canary Wharf Tube, main exit*
(N.B. when Canary Wharf Tube is closed take the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) to Heron Quays (a DLR station). It's a very short walk from Heron Quays to the Canary Wharf Jubilee Line exit. Heron Quays is in fact closer to the Canary Wharf Jubilee Line station than the Canary Wharf DLR station is. And it's all clearly signposted.)

And so we come to the most extraordinary letter in London's alphabet. First, the bass note: the river. Down here the Thames is broad-shouldered, easy and big. There's a salt tang in the air. And gulls. And cat-o'-nine-tails winds. Haunted winds that whisper of tall ships and swollen sails and spices and silks and rum. And then make good on that promise when they Zephyr us round corners into a pungent past of centuries-old sugar warehouses and ships workshops and the Dockmaster's House. So, yes, like the river, time bends here. And flows. Flows backward. And then, round other corners, ricochets into the fireworks of a futuristic London. Because this is Wall Street on Water - a place where cutting-edge, 21st century power and energy are made visible and tangible.A place where this time-honoured city is re-inventing itself. Spectacularly. In short, if you like walks that have Surprise Me written all over them...well, you just turned up trumps. And a bonus...we'll end at the new, not-to-be-missed River Thames & Docklands Museum.


The Docklands Walk takes place only on the first Saturday of every month.

Meet Chris or Judy or Stephanie at 10.30 am just outside the main Jubilee Line exit – NOT the East exit – of Canary Wharf Tube.


N.B., a 2-Zone Travel Card (or Oyster Card) is a good idea, because we take a couple of short journeys on the DLR. And in any case you'll be able to use it for your initial journey to Canary Wharf Tube for the start of the walk; and use it for your return journey at walk's end; and indeed use it for the rest of the day. Bottom line: you'll save yourself some dosh if you're a card-carrying London Walker!




A London Walk costs £9 – £7 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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