Well, as promised, a walk along the River Thames in London.
I used the Thames Path site to print off some of the suggested walks from Tower Hill, i.e. by the Tower of London, and heading east. I decided I would take a walk on Thursday, being retired! Then Friday, but my wonderful wife who is still working, wanted to come too, so Saturday it was.
A quick c2c trip towards Fenchurch street, and after deciciding NOT to get off at Limehouse to save £5 in the rail fare (a good choice as it was suggested it was at least 39 minutes walk to Tower Hill).
At Fenchurch street, if you know the area,it is a very short walk of two minutes to Tower Hill Underground station on the District line. Then you need to read the guide, or look at the maps, or generally head for the river; we did all of these, and ended up in St Katharines dock, which is a modern bunch of buildings, a marina for very expensive river craft, and apart from the fact it was probably an expensive place to live, I thought it was probably designed and built by an failure in architects – whatever.
It appears the Queen has been on a night out in London, and got a cab home, leaving the yacht moored in the local council estate
After a short while, we (me) decided to change plans and head for the City, along the embankment. Along past the Tower of London towards Tower Bridge. The Tower bridge is an amazing place to visit as a tourist, as we had discovered in a previous visit. And strangely, there was a Channel 5 program about the bridge that evening. I have recorded this, as it looks rather good.
You can see from the picture of Tower Bridge that the Shard is in the background. The old and the new.
After Tower bridge is London bridge – apparently. I will elaborate more on this comment as we discovered what the various bridges were called, and in some cases we are still not sure.
What does become apparent very quickly is how little we know about London and the River Thames. You can live close by all your life, but it is not until you actually research an area, do you have a better understanding of the overall view.
Looking at the London Bridge as we walked along the embankment :
What was interesting was how much shoreline we could have visited, albeit being low tide. And as you get closer:
And next on to the wobbly bridge. This was the bridge which wobbled so badly they had to close it for a while, and aptly named the Millenium Bridge as that is its proper name, but will always be known as the wobbly bridge!
What is now becoming apparent is the number of ferries which are being incorporated into the London rail network, or TFL. The costs are highlighted transparently at the various boat stations along the Thames; along with timetables etc. It would appear there are a lot more services in the week, and the weekends are quieter. This seems a shame, seeing the number of tourists who were queueing for this service; maybe they do not want to reduce the boat trips offered by the many private companies who are offering something similar?
Here is one of the many stops, with Backfriars bridge in the background.