silk river

Day 3 – 17th Sept Woolwich

Sun 17th Sept – Afternoon – At Sea, Ships and Sailors, Greenwich & Woolwich

Walk Route – Woolwich



Through the eyes of a Bengal Lascar, the ship’s cook, we explore life on board Cutty Sark, one of the finest trading vessels that sailed between London and Calcutta.

After the morning walk, we continue to Woolwich Arsenal to hear personal stories from the local community and listen to sea shanties before being drummed to the riverside to take the 6 scrolls over the river on the Woolwich Ferry.
Please book separately for the morning event if you would like to take part in the full day’s activities.

Technical difficulty of walk: Easy

Distance: 0.87 miles



14.00 The afternoon session starts at Clock House Community Centre, Defiance Walk, Royal Arsenal, SE18 5QL 

16.15 Wave farewell at Woolwich Arsenal to the scrolls which will cross the river on the Ferry.
The ten community walks are part of a series of longer ‘link’ walks that will see the flags carried from Kew to Southend using only boots or boats. These longer walks range from six miles to 23 miles. They have been planned with the London branch of the Long Distance Walkers Association, a Silk River partner, and are designed for experienced walkers only. For more information visit


Whilst we endeavour to make all our walks as safe and enjoyable as possible, any walk attended is done so at your own risk.

You need to choose walks within your capabilities; the walk leaders are experienced but must take your word that you are sufficiently fit for the grade of walk you have chosen.

Walk leaders will be at the start of the walk regardless of the weather. In the unlikely event of any unforeseen circumstances, Kinetika reserve the right to change or cancel a walk and/or performance. Please check the Silk River website regularly for any updates or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Please ensure that you are properly equipped for all walks. The weather can be unpredictable so bring waterproof clothing and/or sun hats and sun cream – it’s best to be prepared for everything!

Walking boots/shoes are recommended, but otherwise please wear suitable and comfortable footwear- best to leave open-toe sandals or high heels at home. Make sure you bring a packed lunch, if necessary, and plenty to drink.

Due care has been exercised in organising the walks, however Kinetika, the funders and associated partners of the project cannot accept liability for loss, accident or injury caused to any person following the routes.

We will be taking photographs and video of this event to promote and celebrate the project in print and online. If you do not give consent to be photographed or filmed please let a member of the Kinetika team know on the day.

These images are from the Silk River research and design trips to Greenwich & Woolwich by Mike Johnston.