Thank you for supporting these walks so far. The next Rivers and People Walks are as follows:
Saturday 6 September at 2.00pm Meet Ladywell Station Walk from Ladywell to Deptford Bridge
We will walk to Cornmill Gardens, a pleasant green space that provides open access to the River Ravensbourne, then follow the river as it meanders through the delightful Brookmill Park. Please print out Walk Guides 5 and 6 from the Rivers and People website and see the attached photos.
Saturday 20 September at 2.00pm Meet outside Deptford Bridge DLR Walk to Deptford Creek and the Thames
We will walk down Creekside to the Ha’penny Hatch bridge for fine views of Deptford Creek, stop off at the Sue Godfrey Nature Park where the Secret Garden Project are holding a ‘Bureau of Urban Wilds’ event, then follow the Creek to the mouth of the Thames where it begins and the Ravensbourne ends. Please print out Walk Guide 7 for this event.
Sunday 5 October at 2.00pm Meet outside Hither Green Station Circular walk via Manor House Gardens and Manor Park
On this walk, we will follow one of Lewisham’s other noted rivers the Quaggy through the ‘manor’ of Lee to Manor House Gardens and Manor Park – both attractive green spaces through which the Quaggy flows. Please print out Walk Guide 8 for this event.
For those who came on last Sunday’s walk around Ladywell Fields, the white flower that we couldn’t identify in the South Field backwater was Sneezewort (see photo attached) – a flower thought to cause sneezing and first recorded in the 16th century in ‘the meadows of Kentish Town’. One of the children on the walk found a caterpillar. Unfortunately, the photos I took were too blurry for a positive ID, but it looked like the larvae of the Red Admiral
A reminder that if you look on the Rivers and People website and click on Catchment Maps there are two interesting maps of the ‘Ravensbourne Valley’ river network. Other useful links: