Down by the River Thames

Have you ever taken a walk along the edge of the Thames (South Bank not counting)?

Andy Worthington contributed these six great photos of the sandy banks with their algae covered brick walls and boat detritus washed up on the colourful stones with the tides. The descriptions below the photos are Andy’s as well:

On the shore of the River ThamesPhoto: On the Shore of the River Thames by Andy Worthington
On the shore of the River Thames in Rotherhithe, just west of Surrey Water, this weight is part of the apparatus used for a solitary boat that is moored here. My son Tyler and I, fascinated by the boat, and by the shoreline that was accessible because it was low tide, spent some time exploring it. 

The power of the tide
Photo: The Power of the Tides by Andy Worthington
These chains and ropes are all used to secure a solitary boat that is moored beside the River Thames in Rotherhithe, just west of Surrey Water. Photo taken on October 14, 2012.

The river wall, Rotherhithe
Photo: The River Wall, Rotherhithe by Andy Worthington
On the shore of the River Thames in Rotherhithe, just west of Surrey Water, beside the boat that is moored here, my son and I used the ladder in this photo to climb back up to the Thames Path and our bikes. We could both easily have stayed much longer in such a beautiful place — at least until the tide came in!

The archaeology of the Thames shore
Photo: The Archaeology of the Thames Shore by Andy Worthington
I find myself amazed, repeatedly, that the detritus of the former occupations practiced along the banks of the River Thames — like boat-building and boat repairs, for example — remain in place, even though the tide has been washing in and out for decades since those enterprises were closed down, as the living river gave way to container ports and corporate greed. These various metal pins and hooks are survivors of a time when a boatyard was located here.

Tyres and wood
Photo: Tyres and Wood by Andy Worthington
A detail of a wall of tyres that is attached to the riverwall along the shore of the River Thames in Rotherhithe, just west of Surrey Water, which is part of the apparatus used to protect a solitary boat that is moored here from the power of the Thames’ tide.

A pink light looking east
Photo: A Pink Light Looking East by Andy Worthington
This is the view looking east from the shore of the River Thames in Rotherhithe, just west of Surrey Water, towards the former entrance to Surrey Basin, later known as Surrey Dock, and now, in a diminished form, as Surrey Water, one of the many docks that once dominated Rotherhithe. The round structure behind the red netting is a ventilation shaft for the Rotherhithe Tunnel, and the pier is apparently connected to the apartment blocks alongside thew river, although I have never seen it used.

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