silk river

Day 5 – 19th Sept Purfleet

Tues 19th Sept – Artists leave London and move to Purfleet. Why?

Walk Route

Walk Description

We will parade the 8 giant silk banners through Rainham Marshes to enter Purfleet at the RSPB centre, followed by a historical walk that includes haunts from Dracula’s Thameside residence and leads us through new housing to High House Production Park.

Here we will meet members from the Royal Opera House, students of the National College for the Creative Industries and artists who’ve found a new buzz outside of East London. Come and find out what draws these creatives to Thurrock!

Technical difficulty of walk: Easy

Distance: 1.65 miles


10.30   Start at RSPB Rainham, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet RM19 1SZ.   Welcome and introduction to the day

12.00  St Stephen’s Church, London Rd, Purfleet RM19 1QD

13.00  Arrive at High House Production Park, RM19 1RJ for lunch followed by tour of the site.

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 Silk River meetings at the Kinetika studio, which you will visit on this walk.  All photos are by Mike Johnston.