Join J D Swann on Saturday 11 September for the Branches of the Wogebourne walk

This hydrodetour is part of InspiralLondon’s Hydracity exhibition at the Thames-Side Studios Gallery
Meet J D Swann on Saturday 11 September – 11am Start (Welling Station entrance – Zone 4) for
Branches of the Wogebourne
Ends Southmere Lake, Thamesmead then accompanied 1.5km walk to Abbey Wood Station (Zone 4).
Ending approximately 4pm

Booking Required Eventbrite – Recommended donation £6 (pay what you can from £1)
Total length 11-12 kilometres / 7-8 miles walk – 4 hours (approx) – 8+ under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult

InspiralLondon’s resident ornithological investigator J D Swann leads a walk along the possible route of the lost Wogebourne river, its source emerged from Oxleas Wood on Shooters Hill, the highest point in Greater South London at 132 metres. It was called in 14th century manuscripts the Wogebourne or Woghbourne becoming widely known as Plumstead River in the following centuries. However, by the 1970’s much of the river had been enclosed just as the Westbourne had been in West London or the Fleet in the City; it had then become the Wickham Valley Waterway, shifting names for a mysterious watercourse.


Terrain: Long uphill climb at Shooter’s Hill then largely downhill until Bostall Woods and Lesnes Abbey Woods in which there are several steep slopes and stairs so this walk is not fully buggy and wheelchair accessible. Oxleas Woods and Lesnes Abbey Woods after rain can be particularly muddy so appropriate footwear and weather-appropriate clothing recommended. Binoculars and Recording devices for nature are encouraged. There is a Café/WC at Oxleas Meadows, Lesnes Abbey has a Café/WC (closes 3.30pm). All subject to Covid-19 Guidelines.

HydrodetoursAll times, where to meet & specific event info –
Cray River Confluences with London Walks Guide Keith Turpin (August 30, 10am – 4pm); Branches of the Wogebourne with orniphilosopher J D Swann (11 Sept, 11am – 4pm);Watery Commons Deptford with Everyone Welcome Collective (12 Sept, 10am – 3.30pm); Watery Woolwich: Celtic Omphalos of London with Sailor Forbes (18 Sept, 11am-1.30pm); Urban/Sound Ecology with soundcamp & Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Centre (19 Sept, time tbc); Marine & Green: Watery Commons with Keith Turpin & SDCAS (22 Sept, 2.30pm – 5pm); Waterside Foraging with artist Clare Qualmann (24 Sept, 1pm – 2.30pm); Hoo Soundings on Thames/Medway canal with artist Ian Thompson (25 Sept, 11am – 5pm); Fluid Crossings: Geodiversity & Art Walk with Gail Dickerson & Diana Clements (26 Sept, 10.30am –5pm); Mollett and Morris’ Magic Lantern Hydra-touringWoolwich Dockyard (26 Sept, 6pm-8pm)
On Saturday 25 Sept part of Woolwich Riverside Community Action – Natural Heritage Community local walks, foraging and jam making workshops – come to the Clockhouse Community Centre (from 10.30am – 5.30pm)