Sunday 29th December 2019 ‘The Line’ River Lea

 Eleven of us met on a beautiful winter day for a short, urban walk along the banks of the River Lea. We passed The Mill House, the earliest example of a tidal mill where we spied cormorants and Egyptian geese.

Mill House

‘The Line’ is an art route featuring a variety of sculptures. We found two on the northern section, DNA D690 by Abigail Falls and The Hatchling by Joanna Rajkoastra which was supposed to transmit the sounds of birds but we were unable to hear these, although we could hear actual birds singing.

We continued along the river until we came to Cody Dock, an interesting community project on a former Gasworks site, where we had lunch stop enjoying the calm and the light on the reed beds.

It was not possible to follow the Lea right down to the Thames so we caught the DLR to Royal Victoria Dock to cross the Thames using the cable car where we had splendid views.

We could see Anthony Gormley’s Quantam Cloud from the cable car then saw it close up from the Thames path around the Millennium Dome where we also saw Liberty Gap, Gary Hume, A Slice of Reality by Richard Wilson and A Bullet from a Shooting Star by Alex Chinnock.

A varied walk combining East London waterways, industrial heritage, numerous new builds and culture!

The group silhouetted against the dipping sun!

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