Silk River

10 Day Count Down – Gravesend

10 Day Count Down – Gravesend

On September 11, 2017, Posted by , With Comments Off on 10 Day Count Down – Gravesend

It’s day 7 of the 10 day countdown!  On the 21st Sept we will be discovering an area with an industrial history of cement, bricks and paper that sits alongside Europe’s finest Gurdwara.

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.

In total this will be a six-mile walk divided into morning and afternoon. The morning will be quite fast paced so join the afternoon some something a bit slower if preferred.  Or join the whole day and see everything that Gravesham has planned for you!

Read more, see the route map and book your place here:

21st Sept Gravesend – Morning

21st Sept Gravesend – Afternoon

Silk River is a journey of surprises from Kew to Southend, with speakers, music, performances and lots of walking!

The whole UK walking programme can be viewed here:  UK Walks

There are still a few places left on the India Walks, for more info go here:  India Walks

Special thanks go to Kent County Council, Gravesham Borough Council, their staff and partners for the planning and facilitation of today’s walk.

Kent County Council provided funding, and Gravesham Borough Council worked with the following organisations for Silk River:


Gravesham Borough Council has chosen to be involved in Silk River because of the significant contribution our town and community will have towards the project.

Through this project, we will share some our rich history, culture and vibrancy and celebrate our significant links with India and the river.

The Gurdwara is testament to Gravesend’s thriving Sikh community who first began settling in the riverside town at the turn of the 20th Century. Its 5 elaborate domes and design are inspired by the Golden Temple at Amritsa.

The walk from industrial Northfleet through to the picturesque views from Windmill Hill identifies the history of Gravesend and its ability to shape and shift with each passing incarnation.

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