Fire and Water – a walk from Feltham to the Thames
The London Spiral, a walk around London from the inside out, has reached its outer circle, and over the months ahead will be exploring those parts of Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex that melt into the edge of the metropolis.
- 11 Feb 2018: Enfield to Hadley Wood – done
- 11 March: Hadley Wood to Borehamwood – done
- 8th April: Elstree to Carpenders Park – done
- 13 May: Hatch End to Northolt – done
- 10 June: Hillingdon to Hayes – done
- 8 July: Hayes to Heathrow – done
- 12 Aug: Feltham to Hampton Ferry – done
- 9 Sept: Esher to Chessington ** up next **
- 14 Oct: Chessington to Woodmansterne
- 11 Nov: Smitham to Biggin Hill
- 9 Dec 2018: Biggin Hill Airport to Knockholt
- 13 Jan 2019: Knockholt to Eynesford
In this hot weather southern England resembles Tuscany, yellow and scorched, as dry as concrete. The parkland at Hanworth has been burnt, most likely by local lads trying their pyrotechnic skills; you can smell the carbon, and birds flit in amongst the seedlings.
Although it’s hot the rivers are not all dried up, there’s been rain. Just as well for it’s here that Thames Water pumps water out of the Thames, filters it, purifies it, and sends it coursing through a network of pipes to our kitchens and bathrooms.
That yellow filter bed is sand; each bed has to be emptied and cleaned periodically.
Here’s a Google satellite view:
If you’re interested in water infrastructure, join the walk.
Approaching the village of Hampton
Meet at: Feltham station (train from Waterloo, Oystercard zone 6)
When: Sunday 12 August 2018, 1pm
Distance: walk 6 miles to Hampton Court station (train back to Waterloo)
Walk takes in: Feltham High Street, Hanworth Park, the reservoirs of Sunbury and Molesey, ferry across the Thames at Hampton.
The walk visits Garrick’s temple to Shakespeare:
I often say the London Spiral is defined by the crossings of the Thames, you can only continue where there’s a crossing (read more about this and other crossings Here), but the truth is that in west London the route was shaped more by where Heathrow airport is – I wanted to walk past it and not a trajectory half a mile inside – so the Hampton ferry is a little to the east of the spiral line.
Map showing idealised outer arc of the London spiral (black line), route walked (blue line).
Crossing the Thames
The London Spiral is a monthly walk, each one picking up the path where the previous month left off, and covering the land and geography of the wider reaches of London.
Next time, Esher to Chessington, 9th Sept.