This walk will be a mixture of street, architectural and landscape/nature photography with opportunities to explore shapes, texture, landscape scenery and nature. We will walk amongst the people on Putney High Street, follow part of the Putney Sculpture trail (http://www.alanthornhill.co.uk/putney-sculpture-trail1/) and meander along the Thames, past the boathouses down to the Barnes Wetland Centre.
We will meet for a briefing at the Italian Boys Café/Restaurant, 157 Putney High Street, which is immediately on the right as you exit Putney Mainline Station.
Walking down Putney High Street, we will take some street shots as opportunities arise and we will come to our first Putney Sculpture. Putney Bridge is ahead of us and the 15th Century St Mary’s Church is on the right - the clock and sundial make for interesting photographs.
The riverside by the Church affords interesting views of two bridges, Putney (road) Bridge to our left, the railway bridge to our right. If the tide permits, we may be able to walk down and along the river’s edge.
Moving to the centre of Putney Bridge, views of the 12th Century Tower of All Saints Church, Fulham and the surrounding Fulham Palace on the North Bank can be enjoyed. Upstream, immediately below you, is the starting point of the annual Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race – downstream, towards Wandsworth, views of riverside developments. If you're into shapes and abstract photography use your long lens for a play with the refurbished 1886 ornate red gas lanterns lining the bridge. You'll be pleased with the results!
Continuing our walk westwards along the Thames, a gently sloping cobbled slipway leads to the water’s edge, from where you can shoot some fascinating low down shots through the bridge arches. Passing Putney Pier and the small boats moored around, you may see rowing crews practicing up and down this stretch of the river or you may see boats and crews entering the leaving the water as you walk between the Rowing Clubs and their slipways. Don’t forget to look behind you for river activity and views of the bridge, or take a moment to observe the waterfowl from the top of the slipway or from the seats along the walkway.
We will have seen a number of street sculptures along the way, but the last one for us on this walk is in Leader's Gardens, where a walk down the fencing will reward with pictures of greenery and bugs. The Gardens have a large children's play area. Turning right immediately inside the Gardens takes you to see Beverley Brook. On leaving the Gardens, Fulham Football Club (FFC) is in front of you on the North Bank.
As we come to the end of the sealed road, we cross the bridge over Beverley Brook: note the interesting dam structure on your left and then follow the old tow path. Along this stretch are a number of fallen and sawn trees/logs. Beyond Barn Elms Boathouse see how the river comes right up to the towpath and watch out for interesting textures and items washed ashore at high tides.
All too soon we turn off the Thames Path, following signs to the London Wetland Centre. You may see bird life in the playing fields to you left and amongst the fenced natural vegetation to your right.
The walk will end on arrival at the Wetlands Centre at which point there are a number of options.
1. You may wish to go into the Wetlands Centre pick up some lunch (or take some sandwiches) and snap up a range of birds and otters! Full price admission £13, Concessions £9.80 – but 10% discounts are available for advance purchase; or
2. You may want to head off home via public transport. Options are Barnes Station, Barnes Bridge Station, which are within relatively easy walking distance or buses to Hammersmith for the Tube; or
3. You may want to extend your day by walking through Barnes village (taking a few more pictures?), crossing the footbridge and returning to Putney along the North Bank of the Thames on foot, visiting Fulham Palace & Gardens on your return walk; or
4. We may simply want to work our way back to Putney, popping into one of the pubs along Putney Embankment.
THIS EVENT IS FREE BUT NUMBERS ARE LIMITED, SO PLEASE BOOK USING THE BLUE BUTTON ABOVE