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Southern Marshlands – From under QE2 Bridge to Gravesend

October 23 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


From QE2 Bridge to Southern Marshlands

Another  InspiralLondon unique watery commons’ exploration through South London Marshlands to the origins of the in/spiral at Gravesend.

The Thames footpath leads from Dartford (Bridge Development) down to Gravesend, passing through the old Littlebrook power station site, down to Greenhithe (Ingress Park), where there is plenty of historical sites to encounter; then winding our way through the conservation area – Botany Marsh Northfleet (to the south part of Swanscombe Marsh peninsula). Swanscombe Marsh recently became a SSSI protected by Natural England as one of the most bio-diverse parts of the city’s watery commons. Home of rare invertbrates like the jumping spider, numerous other hidden species.  Swanscombe Marsh also retains the ghostly memory of our prehistoric origin.

This route then becomes quite industrial wending through Northfleet, haunted by the remnants of cement industry, before reaching Gravesend and the Statue of Princess Pocahontas. We will finish at the Leisure area where there are plenty of places for refreshments – near to the train station.  Gravesend has excellent train links back to London. This walk will take around four/five hours including stops.

This exploratory Hydrodetour is another collaboration between InspiralLondon and UEL Visual Arts foundation and InspiralLondon Associate artists and Cybermen.

This developing entanglement of the UEL Art Foundation encounter with InspiralLondon is part of their continuing Cultural Landscapes walks: “This process based student project is an example of how intuitive research can enfold us into a material tapestry of collective understanding” Dr Mikey Georgeson. With thanks to Susie Bearman, UEL Foundation and Dr. Mikey Georgeson and the Last Cyberman?


October 23
11:00 am - 5:00 pm




Dartford Station, 5 Station Approach
Dartford, DA1 1BP United Kingdom
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