Thurs 21st Sept Afternoon – Cement, Bricks and Paper alongside Europe’s finest Gurdwara – Gravesend
Walk Description – Afternoon
The world’s shipping still passes the town’s front door. The long-established industrial foreshore was once the site of the earliest known cement kiln and continues to be the site of paper mills that once drew the Sikh community to settle here.
A six-mile walk along the foreshore and into the picturesque town centre through the old, newly restored covered market and a visit to the truly spectacular Sikh temple, before boarding LV21, the lightship moored at the riverfront for an early evening spoken word performance.
Please book separately for the morning event if you would like to take part in the full 6 mile walk.
Please note, this walk is generally suitable for all. There are some steps and inclines that may cause difficulty e.g. Windmill Hill. The pace will be moderate to ensure the timetable is achieved.
Distance: 6.22 miles (morning and afternoon walks combined, as per map)
13:00 Town & Riverside walk starting at the Pocahontas statue at St George’s Church Church Street, Gravesend, DA11 0DJ and taking in the Market and Puji statue; St Andrews Art Centre for an exhibition and school performance, The Port of London Authority choir and views of the river, including (hopefully) a tug display, followed by a walk taking in the clock tower and Windmill Hill.
15.30 A tour of Gravesend’s Gurdwara, Saddington St, Gravesend DA12 1AG; the largest Gurdwara complex outside India. Please note, no alcohol must have been consumed prior to the visit and no tobacco product should be present. Please see http://gurunanakdarbar.org/visitors-guide/
16.30 Riverside walk taking in the Promenade, a performance by the Rock Choir on the bandstand, an exhibition and reception at LV21 on St Andrews Quay, Royal Pier Rd, Gravesend DA12 2BD, ending at 19.00.
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 https://www.ldwa.org.uk/London/W/4662/2017.html
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 the area by Mike Johnston.