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Grand Surrey Canal, Rotherhithe, Mayflower, Surrey Water, Greenland Dock

Rotherhithe Overground Station, London

Guided by Canal Guides

Walk Times

DayWalk TypeStart TimeEnd Time
19 July 2020 Tour du Jour2.30 pm4.30 pm Summer

Long read:  Avast !  All Hands on Deck !  Anchors away! Christopher Jones and Mayflower and Brunel and Fighting Temeraire and Cunard liners and the film “Whisky Galore” and Dunkirk Little ship and timber-laden barquentines and Thames sailing barges and Phoenix section of the Mulberry Harbour being built and floated out before D-Day and rum and ship’s biscuits and… well, we could be in 1620. Or May 28, 1940. Or June 6, 1944. We’ve got an old canal here. And a dock. And memories. And traces. To be here is to stow away in the past. Decks heaving with history. Awash with memories. The tang of salt-sea air. What a past. And with a sou’wester ripping the calendar pages off and carrying us way back – we’ve got to Greenland Dock (the earliest wet dock in London – more than a century older than St. Katherine’s Dock – it served the East India Company’s ships). Arr! Shiver me timbers! Becalmed your historical imagination ain’t gonna be at the end of your watch. 1630 hours. Tea ration time. Steady as she goes.

GRAND SURREY CANAL & THE REST – THE PRACTICALS

This wonderful walk – Grand Surrey Canal, Rotherhithe, Mayflower, Surrey Water, Greenland Dock – takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, July 19. Meeting place is at Rotherhithe Overground Station. It’ll be guided by a member of the Canal Walks team of guides (all members of the Inland Waterways Association, all boat owners, they’re all experts – have specialist, experiential knowledge of the world of canals).