silk river

Day 4 – 18th Sept Barking & Dagenham

Mon 18th Sept – The Hidden River, Barking Creek & Riverside

Walk Route

Walk Description

Stories of the river and the connections between old and new meet during this walk, from the lives of fishing families revealed at St.Margaret’s Church, to our modern day river community which is bringing new life to the water, and Barking Riverside who are creating 10,800 new homes.

Barking Creek was once a busy industrial port while today Barking Riverside is on track to be the biggest new housing development in London in effect creating a new town.

Local residents and Cultural Connectors have developed this walk drawing on stories from the borough’s past and demonstrating their vision and partnership working to create positive change for its future.

Technical difficulty of walk: Moderate

Distance: 3.78 miles


9.30 Start at St Margaret’s Church. The Broadway, Barking, Essex IG11 8AW. Welcome and Introduction to the day.

13.00 Lunch.

17.00 Finish at Barking Riverside.

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 the area by Mike Johnston.