The London Spiral is a walk around the whole of London. Join the final stage of this epic circumnavigation beginning at Longfield (trains from London Victoria station), walking across chalky farmland into the riverside town of Gravesend.
This stage brings to a conclusion the whole walk conceived over four years ago by Tim Ingram-Smith and Charlie Fox, and now becoming a recognised trail. If you’re looking for your next challenge, this could be it.
My purpose in the walk is to get to know London, encapsulating it, cutting tangentially across its arterial road and rail ways, exploring the well known and local. In that I’ve succeeded. I’ve not just walked it once, but due to reconnaissance, I’ve walked or cycled it at least once more; that turns 250 miles or so into 500 miles, and a song by the Proclaimers.
This last stage concludes with a celebration of achievement for all those who’ve taken part, and a chance to look back on all the stages of the London Spiral.
Meadow at Longfield, Kent
Harvesting lambs lettuce, Southfleet Kent
Polytunnels growing blackberry plants, Kent
Dogwood rose bushes above A2 in Kent
View from the north bank back across to Gravesend, whose buildings are dwarfed by the scale of the supertankers carrying freight up the Thames.
Meeting place: Longfield station (trains from Victoria)
Date & time: Sunday July 14th 2019, 1 pm
Distance: the walk is approximately 6 miles, across open farm land, then through the suburbs of Gravesend
End point: At Gravesend Pier, in sight of the ferry across the Thames, and the continuation of the spiral, then celebration in [TBC: St Andrews Hall, run by Gravesham Arts] Trains to Victoria
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