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Hydrodetour: Fluid crossings and stratigraphy – Geodiversity & Art Walk

September 26 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

£6

Hydrodetour: Fluid crossings and stratigraphy – Geodiversity & Art Walk

led by Artist Gail Dickerson and Geologist Diana Clements.

26 September 2021

Crossing paths of art and geology as we walk – Hydrodetouring deep histories on our journey from Abbey Wood towards the Thames at Woolwich we will explore the colours, textures and forms deposited by floods, glaciers, rivers and seas that once covered the land on our walk from Abbey Wood to the Thames Barrier. From abbeys to fossils, discussions on chalk and glaciers, we wind our way along the Thames passed natural sculptures and former quarries, to marvel at earth colours and exposed layers of London’s strata, an amazing variation laid down millions of years ago.

START Abbey Wood Station

The Walk will last approximately 6 hours and toilet stops are very limited.

Be aware that there are many ups and downs along the 7 miles (11 kilometres) and that there will be roads to cross, some of them busy.

In the woods the ground may be slippery and uneven although mostly we will be on well-trodden paths and pavements.

Stop 1 View Point at Abbey Wood

Overview of London geology

Flooding in the area

Thames Tideway

Stop 2 Fossil Enclosure

Ancient environment of Abbey Wood c. 55 million years ago

What fossils can be found?

Stop 3 Chalky Dell

                  Ancient environment of Abbey Wood c. 85 million years ago

Nature of Chalk

Stop 4 Conduit Pond

The importance of springs in the area

Why here?

Stop 5 Bostall Wood

Why is there such a steep valley?

Stop 6 Old Quarries, Mines and Brickworks

More recent history of brickmaking in the area

How this spot is influenced by the geology

Stop 7 The Slade

Effects of the Ice Ages on London

 

LUNCH STOP Old Mill Road (Old Mill Inn & snack-bars)

 

Stop 8 Dog Rocks

Art, Natural or Anthropogenic?

Stop 9 Ha-Ha and Shooters Hill

Shooters Hill, the highest spot in South London

What is it formed of and why does it stand alone?

Stop 10 Charlton Cemetery wall, Charlton Park Lane

The processes and results of brickmaking

Stop 11 Gilbert’s Pit

                  The rocks and the pigments obtained

Comparison of the area 55 million years ago to the area in the present day

Stop 12 Thames Barrier

Why was it built, and why here?

What of the future?

Crossing paths of art and geology as we walk – Hydrodetouring deep histories on our journey from Abbey Wood towards the Thames at Woolwich – artist Gail Dickerson Here and Geologist Diana Clements, from the London Geodiversity Partnership Here, explore the colours, textures and forms deposited by floods, glaciers, rivers and seas that once covered the land on our walk from Abbey Wood to the Thames Barrier. From abbeys to fossils, discussions on chalk and glaciers, we wind our way along the Thames passed natural sculptures and former quarries, to marvel at earth colours and exposed layers of London’s strata, an amazing variation laid down millions of years ago.

Gilbert’s Pit – Old Quarry Charlton, showing layers of sediment. (image: Gail Dickerson)

This walk with Artist Gail Dickerson and Geologist Diana Clements, both from London Geodiversity Partnership provide a wonderful overview of watery commons and an exploration of fluid geological structures on which the city floats.

Starting from Abbey Wood station, winding through green spaces to Lesnes Abbey, to view point to explore the fossil pit for early mammals, discuss the chalk at Bostall Wood; then talk about the glaciers at the Slade, see the Dog Rock natural sculptures on Plumstead Common, view the exposed layers of London’s strata at the former quarry Gilberts Pit in Charlton, and then head down to the Thames Barrier at Woolwich.

Walk approx. 6 hours + Distance: 7 miles +

Start from:     Abbey Wood Station exit 10:30 am – Abbey Wood, Londres SE2 9PY

Lunch             Bring a pack lunch

End: by Thames Barrier 16.30 pm or continue to Thameside Studios Gallery to see the Hydracity exhibition with final performance lantern walk starting 6.0 pm

Part of Totally Thames 2021 and Hydracity (Support of Thames-Side Studios Gallery):

Hydracity invites you to observe and re-imagine London and its hinterland in new ways; to re-experience this fluid, shifting untameable environment. What is it that circulates beneath our feet oozing from the muddy Thames? In Hydracity we create a unique labyrinth map that interacts with other works & 8 hydrodetours. This ever-changing environment of watery commons, reflects back something of the hydra-like city, its ability to rejuvenate, offering overlapping narratives for a complex ecosystem.

Organiser

Inspirallondon
Website:
inspirallondon.com

Venue

Abbey Wood Station
Felixstowe Road (Abbey Wood Station Exit)
London, SE2 9PY
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Website:
https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/travel-information/more-travel-help/station-information/stations/abbey-wood