Thames Walk, Day 12, Southbank
Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
561Trip End Ongoing
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Start - Finish
Putney - Tower Bridge
Distance - 20.3 Kilometres
GPS Link of our walk - Click Here
After to many leaving drinks the previous weekend, I was feeling well enough to make a move on this one. We were going to walk all the way to the Thames Barrier and finish the Southbank, but we struggled to get out of bed, and by the time we started, it was already 11:00
Out of the flat and onto the track, Putney came and went. We moved on into Wandsworth where there were loads of new development along the river and it didn't stop. In Battersea, it was nice to see the old church of St Mary's situated amongst the new builds and heliport !!! Battersea park is nice, there was the Peace pagoda to be seen, and on the other side was the old Battersea power station, but is mostly recognised and being used in the cover art of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals.
Straight through Vauxhall and into Westminster where the cameras were out everywhere as the best view of the House of Lords and St Stephens Tower could be had. There were also more people than we had seen, but this is to be expected, this is London !!!
We passed the giant ferris wheel or commonly known as the eye, and we moved along the Southbank. At the Tate Modern, across the Millenium bridge is my favourite building, St Pauls. I really wanted to run across and hang out, but the Thames path was calling and we needed to finish today's walk, and not much later we did, but before we we did, we had a great view of the Tower of London and also the Tower Bridge. Amazingly, for a day spent walking through London, I had seen things that I had not seen before, and other than the people that were on the track, it had been a great short walk.
Total Kilometres so far - 306.6
Bridges Seen - 22
Bridges Total - 194
Locks Seen - 0
Locks Total - 42