silk river

Day 10 – 24th Sept Southend

Sun 24th Sept – It’s a long way to Southend!

Walk Route


Walk Description

Ready for a hearty portion of Leigh-On–Sea’s fish and chips, we begin our last day carrying all 20 scrolls through this thousand-year-old community of fishermen.

We meet local artists and hike up the hill to Chalkwell Park to experience Metal’s digital exhibition on ipads.

Fuelled by legendary Rossi Ice cream, we gather in numbers to parade up the pier for a finale performance from the Mudlark Choir, and a parting moment when we send our stories out into the ocean with a blessing from the Hindu Association for the scrolls safe passage from London to Kolkata.

Technical difficulty of walk: Easy

Distance: 5.2 miles



09.30 Start outside Peterboat pub, 27 High St, Leigh-on- Sea SS9 2EN. Welcome and introduction to the day.
Talks with artist and fishermen at Old Leigh.

12.00 – 13.30 Meet by Metal Culture, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Ave SS0 8NB (It’s in the middle of the park). Refreshments.

14.30 Arrive at Southend Pier, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE.

15.00 Arrive at pier head for finale performance.
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 Patua workshops in Southend.  Photos are by Mike Johnston.