River Thames Foreshore Walks

Foreshore Walk Larking Heritage Guided Walk
  • Venue

    Southwark Cathedral

  • Time

    10:15 AM

  • Price

    £22.50 (plus booking fee)

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Join Thames archaeologist Mike Webber for a guided walk along the foreshore

On this walk, you will learn about London’s past and how the Thames has shaped the history of this great city and 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 north side beside the River Thames) before walking either west alongside Bankside or over London Bridge to the City of London where the foreshore walk will begin and you will be on the foreshore for 1.5 - 2 hours before heading home.

Your Guide

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 of his 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.

Mike has also co-curated the recent exhibitions Treasures from the Thames and Larking: The Thames and Beyond at the Cathedral with Lara Maiklem.

Spaces are strictly limited so booking in advance is a must. Please meet at the Cathedral courtyard 10 minutes before the start time for registration and health and safety talk.

Important information and Health and Safety

  • Wear sensible footwear as the foreshore will be slippery so wellies or walking boots are advised. You may wish to bring gloves for handling objects on the foreshore.
  • Bring gloves with you, we do recommend disposable gloves or lightweight gardening/hardware gloves due to the nasties that still get pumped into the Thames.
  • 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.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (minimum age for children is 10 years). Maximum of 2 children per adult.
  • 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.


Image credit: Lara Maiklem