A Thames foreshore walk for adults only (16+)

Join Thames archaeologist Mike Webber who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of London and the River for a family-friendly guided walk along the Thames foreshore. On this walk, which is specifically aimed at adults, you will learn about London’s past and how the Thames has shaped the history of this great city. Discover how the lives of Londoners and visitors have been entwined with the Thames for thousands of years.

This walk will start at the courtyard of Southwark Cathedral (located on the south side beside the River Thames) before crossing the river over to the City of London where the foreshore walk will begin and you will be on the foreshore 1.5 - 2 hours.

Those joining us will also have the opportunity to see the display Larking: The Thames and Beyond display at the Cathedral which is curated by Mike and London mudlark Lara Maiklem. This display includes commonly found Thames objects – nails, pottery and buttons, – alongside more rare and unique objects, such as an Iron Age pot, a Roman scabbard chape and medieval Pilgrim badges. Many of the pieces are on public display for the first time and each one has its own story to tell.

Tickets £17 availabe from Eventbrite

10.15am - Meet at Southwark Cathedral

10.30am - Leave Southwark Cathedral and start walk over to the City of London via London Bridge

11.00am - Access foreshore

1.00pm - Leave foreshore and return to Southwark Cathedral to see Larking: The Thames and Beyond exhibition (Optional) 

Mike Webber is a community archaeologist, educator, and curator. He co-ordinated the Thames Archaeological Survey 1995-2000 and now specialises in the archaeology of the River Thames. The focus for this work has been the artefacts, particularly pot sherds, found on the Thames beaches. Recent work with ceramic artists and makers has led Mike to explore the archaeological and historical evidence for the people who made these artefacts and the techniques that they used to make and decorate them.

Spaces are strictly limited so booking in advance is a must.

Important information and Health and Safety

  • Wear sensible footwear as the foreshore will be slippery so wellies or walking boots are advised.
  • Please dress for all weather conditions wearing clothes that you don't mind getting muddy.
  • Please note that access to the Thames foreshore will be via some steps that may be slippery and uneven. Please only book onto this walk if you are confident that you and your party can access the foreshore in this way.
  • We love all animals at Southwark Cathedral but please do not bring your dog with you.

This foreshore walk is taking place with the kind agreement and support of the Port of London Authority. Please be aware that only those with a special permit issued by the PLA can take objects found on the foreshore.