A walk looking at the industrial innovations that took place along Barking and Dagenham’s riverside from the 18th-20th centuries.
Dagenham is instantly associated with the huge Ford factory that opened in 1931. However the Dagenham Dock has an industrial history going back to the early 1800's. This walk will look at a complex history that includes explosives manufacturing, shipbuilding and power generation. You'll get to see the site where the last battleship built on the Thames was completed, London's other flood relief barrier, oil storage depot's, scrapyards and a fantastic stretch of the Thames which is an empty white patch on the A-Z. This is a longer walk - around 5 miles, but fans of Patrick Keiller's Robinson films, and Iain Sinclair's books will enjoy being in this extremly off the beaten track part of London.
Bring sandwiches for a lunch stop by the Thames