REMS Last Loop Walk
20 October 2011
David and Gill Pick took us on the last London Loop Walk on 8 October. This was a relatively short walk from Rainham to Purfleet.
Part of the walk was closed but an alternative route along a board walk over the local marsh was good. We joined the walk on the sea wall overlooking the Thames Estuary at the point where the concrete barges that were used in the invasion in WWII are dumped.
The rest of the walk was along the sea wall, past an enormous land-fill site (now grassed over) and the RSPB reserve (where the tea and bread pudding are good).
In Purfleet only one of the five ancient explosive stores remain. These stored and tested gunpowder in the time of the Napoleonic wars etc. The end of the walk was at the Royal Hotel where we had a celebratory lunch with champagne that David bought us.
Hats off to David and Gill as they have done the whole of the 150 mile loop twice. Some of them are worth repeating especially the high open areas on the North Downs and Chilterns owned by the Corporation of London.
We would like to thank David and Gill.