A guided walk through Dagenham Dock and Barking Riverside looking at the history of industry in the area.
Dagenham is instantly associated with the huge Ford factory that opened in 1931. However the Dagenham Dock area has an industrial history going back to the early 1800's. This walk will look at a complex history that includes aircraft 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, liquid 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 extremely off the beaten track part of London.
- Please ensure you wear sensible foot wear as the foreshore is an uneven and sometimes muddy surface