silk river

Day 1 – 15th Sept Kew Gardens

Fri 15th Sept – Plants, People, Art & Artefacts – Botanic Gardens, Kew

Walk Route

Walk Description

Join us for the launch of this 10-day performative Silk River walk as we explore and celebrate Kew Gardens’ historic and contemporary links with India. We will uncover treasures from Kew’s Economic Botany Collection and the trade links between continents, walk among the living collection of Indian specimens in the Palm House, and witness the paintings of Indian plants by Victorian painter and explorer Marianne North.

Please note to join this leg of the walk you will need to buy a ticket online in advance here. Please note that payment cannot be taken at the Jodrell gate. Ticket prices range between £14.00 and £2.50.

Technical difficulty of walk: Easy

Distance: 1.67 miles


10.00  Meet at Jodrell Gate, Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 3DS

13.00  Lunch and visits to Marianne North Gallery.

15.15  Farewell event at Nash Conservatory to send the scrolls on their way down the river.

15.45  Event ends.

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 Kew Gardens by Mike Johnston.