silk river

Day 6 – 20th Sept Dartford

Wed 20th Sept – What happens on the other side? Dartford

Walk Route

Walk Description

Landing just west of the Dartford Bridge on the gravelly foreshore with 10 giant silk flags (the Silk River Scrolls), we will meet local rangers to take us down the old tramway past the site of the old smallpox hospitals before arriving at Ruby Tuesday Avenue.

We are visiting the home of Mick Jagger, the birthplace of The Rolling Stones and artist Sir Peter Blake. Discover Dartford and the legacy from its pop culture past that still thrives in the town today.

Technical difficulty of walk: Moderate

Distance: 4.2 miles


09.30    Start at Dartford Bridge Community Primary School, Birdwood Ave, Dartford DA1 5GB. Welcome and introduction to the day. 

10.30    Alternative later start time at the school, omitting the ‘tramway’ walk to the Thames and back.

12.45     At Dartford Central Library & Museum, Market St, Dartford DA1 1EU

13.45    Arrive at Dartford Open Air Theatre for performance of local stories.

14.30   Farewell to the scrolls as they move on towards Gravesend.

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


Special thanks go to C.RO Ports London Ltd and Bennett’s Barges who will be proving safe passage for our link-walkers across the Thames from Purfleet to Dartford.


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 Dartford by Mike Johnston.