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Artist led river walk to Crossness Pumping Station

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This artist-led walk is a chance to creatively explore the Thames Path on a 4-mile walk downriver from Woolwich Arsenal along to Crossness Pumping Station.

Artist Lily German will lead the group through observational drawings in response to the river, Thames Path and the Grade 1 listed industrial architecture of Crossness Pumping Station.

Meeting at Woolwich Arsenal Station (National Rail entrance) we will follow the river closely, exploring the Thames Path and its past on our walking journey to Crossness, which sits on the river’s bank. Built in 1865 as part of Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s grand sewer network for London, Crossness Pumping Station is a masterpiece of Victorian engineering, design and craftsmanship.

Local photographer and historian Chris Waite will reveal hidden and local histories along the walk to Crossness. All drawing abilities are welcome to this relaxed event. Participants will be able to use a range of materials and expressive mark-making to record their pilgrimage along the river to the magnificent Victorian site. We will provide paper and basic materials. Please bring a camera if you would like to document your journey down river.

On arrival to Crossness Pumping Station there will be an opportunity for a guided tour of the site including the recently reopened Beam Engine House (included in ticket price). A shop and cafe are present onsite.

The artist led walk and tour of the site will finish at Crossness.


This walk will be approximately 4 miles, but is wheelchair accessible. Please wear appropriate footwear and bring rainwear. Crossness Pumping Station is accessible. The nearest station to Crossness Pumping Station is Abbey Wood Station, which is a 25 minute walk away.