Walk the Trail

All Inspiral Walks are open to participants to share their knowledge and expertise.

Upcoming:

Inspiral Segment 36 October 15 2017 11am-4pm

Meet at Gravesend Ferry Pier entrance.

Join us on the final leg of the 300 mile trail as we begin again at Gravesend Ferry Pier and return anticlockwise along the spiral to London (we will go to Farningham Station, and for those wishing to join us for a celebratory drink onto Farningham Village). Expect JD Swann (orniphilospher), Ben’s Drone’s, selected tales and yarns form Inspiral Artists, finished off by some inspiral sloe gin (vintage 2016).

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Meet at Knockholt Station before curving and curling over the labyrinthine North Kent Downs.

Inspiral Segment 34 – Sunday 10 September 11am-3pm

Meet at 11 am Coulsdon Town station exit.

Join our walk to map the Inspiral Trail from Coulsdon Town out to Knockholt through far south London and into Kent. Leaving the edges of London we skirt Biggin Hill airfield and pass by Downe House, home of Charles Darwin, before wrapping at Knockholt rail station. Refreshments provided. Sign up here.

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Segment 32/33 –  Hampton Court Station to Epsom then to Kenley 11am 20 August

Running out of West London into the Surrey Green belt of South London this double segment takes us from the banks of the River Thames at Hampton Court on our final curve towards the muddy freedom of the Gravesend estuary. We will pass through Surbiton, Chessington and on to Epsom. After a suitable Lunchbreak (1.30-2.30pm) we will take on the second segment from Epsom to Kenley, hoping to arrive at Kenley station around 6.30pm.

Join us for the whole walk, or hop on/off after the lunchbreak meeting at Epsom station at 2:30pm. Please Sign up here.

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Segment 30/31 –  Hayes & Harlington to Feltham then via Hampton Ferry onto Hampton Court Station 11am 9 July

Another double segment of this epic exploration through and out of London. For the intrepid inspiraller, starting at Hayes, we walk a curve southwards skirting Heathrow airport to cross the river Thames at Hampton.  Sign up here.

 

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Segment 28/29 –  Northwood Hills to Ruislip Gardens to Hayes & Harlington 11am 11 June

This walk workshop was part of Anti-University Now 2017.

Segment 26/27 –  Hadley Wood to Elstree then to Northwood Hills 11am 21 May

On the very edge of London plunging into Hertfordshire and returning across woods to Elstree this double segment traversed  protected green spaces such as the glorious Merry Hill and Oxhey Woods.

Segment 24/25 – Chingford to Brimsdown to Hadley Wood 11am 23 April

A double segment to see in the Spring – passing through Country Park and Golf Course, visiting the places lost in the hinterlands of the Metropole. Starting at 11 am outside Chingford Overground Station, with halfway stop at end of this short segment at 2pm for lunch. The second part of walk along segment 25 starts from Brimsdown Station, 2.30pm finishing around 6pm. Sign up here

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Segment 23 – Gants Hill to Chingford 2pm 2 April

Meet for 2pm start on Sunday.

Partnering with ‘Explore, Exercise, Exhale: Coolwalks Festival of Urban Exploration’, this segment  take us from Gants Hill to Chingford. The walk  investigates in greater depth notions of beauty, through the lens of town planning, through hinterland and a semi-urban  landscapes as we take our last spiral outwards, curving through North London.

Segment 22 – Woolwich Foot Tunnel to Gants Hill 11am 5 March 2017

Meeting at the north exit of Woolwich Foot tunnel, we walked segment 22 of InspiralLondon, by tracing a path across the far east end of docks, then skirting along the tidal Roding River.  When we reached the Barking Abbey site we were joined by Matt Benjamin (Heritage Engagement Officer) – who provided a comprehensive tour  (Inspiral London Visit Outline(1))  of this impressive site. Before we continued the spiraling through Ilford and across Valentine’s Park for a late libation.

Special thanks to studio3arts,  St Margarets Church and Heritage Centre, and Matt Benjamin

Segment 21 – Mottingham to Woolwich Ferry

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Meet at Mottingham Station 11am Sunday 15 January 2017

Starting from Mottingham we head along King John’s footpath, passing the Palace of Eltham as we head back towards the river at Woolwich, to reach the foot tunnel at dusk. This segment is animated by special guest artist guide Jude Montague Cowan, providing local walking knowledge and inspiration. Sign up here

Segment 20 – Crystal Palace to Motthingham
Meet at West Penge Station, 11am Sunday 20 November

Starting from the edge of Crystal Palace Park we walk onwards across the hills of South London, to Mottingham and toward the Palace of Eltham – A Tale of Two Palaces.  We will stop at a suitable eatery for lunch and aim to finish the walk around 5pm. Walk workshop led by Charlie Fox.

The next segment of InspiralLondon is scheduled for 15 January 2017 with Special Guest Artist Guide/s tbc.

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Segment 19 – Wimbledon to Crystal Palace
Meet at Wimbledon Station, 11am Sunday 23 October

This segment of the walk picks up from the festival trail and takes us across, up and round the heights of South London.  Spectacular views of London, and southwards into Surrey and Kent. We will stop at a suitable eatery for lunch and aim to finish the walk around 4pm.

Segment 18 – Kew Bridge to Wimbledon
Meet at Kew Bridge Station, 11am Sunday 25 September

Note: There are railworks both on Overground and Underground lines so check status of travel. Rail service from Waterloo, and to Clapham Junction, where you can change for Kew Bridge are running as usual.

This segment of the trail completes the final part of InspiralLondon Festival 2016. Join us for a walk along segment 18, from Kew Bridge through Richmond Park and ending in South Wimbledon, as the trail continues onward towards the river Thames at Woolwich. We will stop in Richmond Park for an informal discussion of the project and to consider future Inspiral ideas. A picnic will be provided for those who have signed up for the full festival, so bring refreshments if you haven’t registered or a donation of £5.  And remember to wear suitable clothes and shoes, depending on the weather.

From Kew Gardens Station, Kew, North Sheen, East Sheen, Richmond Park, Putney Vale, Wimbledon Common to Wimbledon.

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Segments 16/17 – Woodside Park to Wembley to Kew Bridge
Meet at Woodside Park Station, 11am Sunday 4 September

Our next inspiraling starts from Woodside Park (Northern Line) and passes through North Hendon on the way to Wembley. After a light lunch walkers will continue to thread their way south to Hanger Lane Gyratory Nature Reserve, through Gunnersbury Park under the Westway to finish by the River Thames at Kew Bridge. These 2 combined segments will take approx. 6 hours to walk (you can join us for the morning, afternoon or both, depending on your preferences).

From Woodside Park Station, Barnet, Frith Manor Farm, South Mill Hill, Cross M1,
Grahame Park, Colindale Hospital, Colindale Station, Kingsbury, Barn Hill Open Space,
Wembley, to Wembley Central.

Segment 15 – Silver to Wood: Towards Woodside Park
Meet at Silver Street Station, 2pm Sunday 24 July

Our next inspiralling from Silver to Wood, through Arno’s Park. We have much to explore, discuss and see as we travel across the northern heights of London on our way towards Wembley. Meet at the exit of Silver Street Overground Station (N18 2 Edmonton, Redbridge, United Kingdom) at 2pm and we will make our way via diversion and refreshment toward our next destination on this penultimate anticlockwise spiral – to finish walking around 6.30pm at Woodside Park (conveniently on Northern Line).

From Edmonton, Southgate, Osidge, Brunswick Park, North Middlesex Golf Course, to
Woodside Park.

 
Segments 13/14 – Flats & Marshes: Wanstead Flats to Silver Street
Meet at Forest Gate Station, 2pm Sunday 19 June

For this mid Summer segment, we will follow Inspiral curve through some urban greenways towards Silver Street (Wanstead Flats, Epping Forest, Whipps Cross, through Tottenham Marshes). Birdlife, Birdlore, Bird divination and some Belly of the Beast. These 2 shorter segments combined are approximately 11 miles and as per usual we will make a stop for light refreshments. Artist Leader/s include JD Swann, Annette Fry and counterproductions.

From Wanstead Station, Wanstead Flats, Bush Wood, Leytonstone, Whipps Cross
Hospital, Upper Walthamstow, Wood Street Station, Walthamstow, Lloyd Park, Banbury Reservoir, Tottenham Marshes, Upper Edmonton, to Silver Street Station.

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Segment 12 – Greenwich Park to Wanstead Flats
Meet at 2pm Sunday May 22 2016

Crossing over the Thames via the Emirates Cable Car, Segment 12 takes us on to West Ham Park, as we wander to Wanstead Flats. For this late Spring segment, we will continue our  collective observation and foraging, looking for escaped plants; celebrating unwanted growth that subverts linear structures and urban planning. Everyone is invited to bring books on foraging and share their related folk knowledge. This segment is approximately 8 miles (not including cable journey) and we will stop for light forage refreshments. Note the crossing costs £3.40 single fare with an oyster card. For those unable to make the Emirates crossing there is an alternative route using the underground from North Greenwich.

From the Emirates Cable Car, Canning Town, Plaistow, West Ham, Upton Park, Forest Gate, to Wanstead Flats.

Segment 11 – Brockwell Park to Greenwich Park
Meet at 2pm Sunday April 24 2016

Meet with artists Rachel Gomme and Charlie Fox, at main exit of Herne Hill station to pick up Inspiral London trail at eastern edge of Brockwell Park. For this Springtide segment Rachel Gomme  will  train our eyes and senses to the botanical rarities and miscreants of balmy South London: looking at wild and escaped plants and growth as we walk inspiral; observing and celebrating uninvited growth that subverts linear boundaries and built structures. Everyone is invited to bring wild flower books/foraging knowledge or experience related to undergrowth. This segment is approximately 10 miles and we will stop for light forage refreshments.

From Dulwich Village, South East Dulwich, South Peckham Rye, Brockley, Hilly Fields,
Ravensbourne River, Elversen Road DLR, Shooters Hill, Blackheath, Greenwich Park,
Maze Hill Station, North Greenwich, Endersby Wharf, North Greenwich Peninsula, to the
Emirates Cable Car.

Segment 10 – Hammersmith Bridge to Brockwell Park
Meet at 11am Sunday March 6 2016

Next segment of the 250 miles to Gravesend – nearly 100 miles on we wander from Hammersmith Bridge to Brockwell Park – approximately 8 miles. Meet at the north end of Hammersmith Bridge at 11 am. This one will end by Herne Hill’s first lost cinema where we can have a drink. For some of the walk we will be joined by J D Swann Orniphilosophical Investigations. Approximate time for finish around 4.30pm. 

From Hammersmith Bridge, Barnes Wetland Thames Path, Putney, Putney Bridge,
Wandsworth Park, Wandsworth Common, Clapham South, Clapham Park, Brockwell
Park, to Herne Hill.


On Saturday 6 February at 2.30 pm Inspiral London was invited to contribute to Breaking the Bounds: Walking London and Beyond – on Resonance 104.4fm

Artists Rebecca Feiner and Calum F Kerr are discussing alternative ways of walking London with Charlie Fox (Counterproductions, Inspiral London) and Clare Qualmann (walking artists network, walkwalkwalk, Perambulator). With an appearance by J. D. Swann, Muswell Hill’s leading Ornithological Investigator. You can now listen to Resonance – London’s uniqye Radio Station on DAB – instructions on tuning in here: http://buff.ly/1Yhf87z


Segment 9 – Cricklewood Station to Hammersmith Bridge
Meet at 11am Sunday February 7 2016
We will meet outside Cricklewood Station, to curl round down to Hammersmith, our next river crossing. Depending on weather conditions counterproductions will provide hot refreshments to share. As always wear good shoes and warm clothes. Our next Artist Leader/s to be confirmed.

From Willesden Green, College Park, Grand Union Canal, Wormwood Scrubs Park,
Wormwood Hospital, Shepherdʼs Bush, Hammersmith, Fulham to Hammersmith Bridge.

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Segment 8 – Stamford Hill towards Cricklewood
Meet at 11am January 17 2016
We will meet up at top of Stamford Hill by the large Sainsburys, starting up the walk to curve again through North London’s hills. Depending on weather conditions counterproductions will provide hot drinks and refreshments to share. As always bring good shoes and warm clothes.

From South Tottenham, South West Green, Hornsey, Fortis Green, Hampstead Garden
Suburbs, Golders Green, Cricklewood, to Willesden Green.

Segment 7 – Canary Wharf to Tottenham
Meet at 11am 13 December 2015
We will meet up at Canary Wharf DLR (Cabot Square exit) and start up the walk again from the ThamesFerry Dock on our way towards South Tottenham. There are rumours that JD Swann will join us for our watery excursions to canal and Marshes, to search out for last minute migrants and winter overflyers, basking in the glorious warmth of the London mire and reed. Sign up here. This is a friendly artistic research project – a simple walk – and a great way in which to re-imagine the city that was London. So please join us if you’re interested.

From Hilton Dock Pier, Canary Wharf, Poplar, Bow Common, Old Ford, Hackney Wick, Hackney Marsh, Lee Valley, Lea Bridge, Upper Clapton, Walthamstow Marshes, to South Tottenham.

Segment 6 -Battersea to Surrey Quays
Meet at 11am 22 November 2015
We will meet up at the south end of Albert Bridge, near to the entrance to Battersea Park, where spirit guide Sarah Sparkes will lead us further anti-clockwise. Passing  across South London towards a destination at Surrey Quays. This walk is part of an open weekend of events, dialogues, experiments organised by the Antiuniversity.

From Battersea Park Station, South Nine Elms, South Lambeth, Stockwell, Camberwell, North Peckham, Old Kent Road, Millwall, South Bermondsey Station, Dilston Grove, Surrey Quays, Greenland Dock, Stave Hill, to Hilton Dockland Pier.

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Segments 4/5 – Finsbury Park to Albert Bridge
Meet at 11am 8 November 2015
Come to the bus station exit of Finsbury Park tube for the start of part 4/5 of InspiralLondon. We will be making a pathway from Finsbury Park towards Hampstead Heath, down to Maida Vale and beyond to the Albert Bridge. This segment is divided into 2 parts before lunch and after lunch. The lunch venue is to be confirmed and walkers are welcome to join us for the second part. Please email counterproductions.director@gmail.com if you are thinking of coming, or if you are late, for instructions for meeting up with us further on the way.

From Finsbury, Archway, Upper Holloway, Waterlow Park, Back Highgate Cemetery, Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Ponds, Hampstead Village, Camden Arts Centre, Finchley, Kilburn Park, Maida Vale then onto Segment 5 from Maida Vale, Westbourne Grove, West Bayswater, Kensington Palace Gardens, South Kensington Museums, Chelsea, Carlisleʼs House, to Albert Bridge.

Segment 3 – from 2pm to 5pm, 18 October 2015
Come to the North end of Southwark Bridge by Vintner’s Place to start part 3 of Inspiral London’s unwinding. We will be navigating a path with Artist Anne Robinson through the outer curve of the City, through old Hoxton and up on towards Finsbury Park. Please email counterproductions.director@gmail.com if you are thinking of coming, or if you are late, for instructions for meeting up with us further on the way.

From Waterloo, Bear Lane, Rose Theatre, Southwark Bridge Road, Southwark Bridge, Queenʼs Place, London Stone, The City, Shoeditch, Hoxton Music Hall, Du Beauvoir Town, Kingsland, Canonbury, Highbury, to Finsbury Park Station.

Segment 2 – from 2.30pm to 5pm, 26 July 2015

Camden Lock (Inspiral Cafe) Regents Park, Marylebone, Oxford Circus, Wardour Street, Dean Street, China Town, National Gallery, Statue King Charles First, Embankment, Hungerford Foot Bridge to Waterloo Station.

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Segment 1 2pm 21 June 2015

Inspiral commences its long trek towards Gravesend. Join us on day before solstice for the start of the walk, from Kings Cross to Waterloo as we spiral out from the centre of the metropolis. Meet the solstice signs, the vindications and hidden mirrors in the city, as we plunge together into the rhythm of the walk.

From Kings Cross, Kingʼs Place, Drummond Estate, Wollstonecraft, Euston Fire Station, Slade, Regent Square, Claremont Square, Pentonville, Tolpuddle Street, Barnsbury, Caledonian Road, Agar Grove, Regentʼs Canal, to Camden Lock.

Sunday 21 June 2015,  meet 2pm inside Kings Cross Station at central steel arch pillar

Artist Grant Smith – live mobile sound broadcast crossing the River Thames at Gravesend to mark the beginning/end of trail (Saturday  20 June 2015)

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Dragout the Solstice 7pm 20 June, Gravesend – at Gravesend Art Centre

Artist Grant Smith – live mobile sound broadcast crossing the River Thames at Gravesend to mark the beginning/end of trail (Saturday  20 June 2015)

‘And this also, has been one of the dark places of the earth’ (Marlow – Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad)
Returning to the end, to the beginning of Inspiral London, you are invited to participate in a torchlight walk to World’s End and contemplate the “mournful gloom, brooding motionless over the biggest, and the greatest, town on earth”. Gliding on the diaphanous folds of the Thames fog, the ghostly spirits of the yet-to-be Will-o’-the-wisps, return to us as midsummer dusk falls enveloping Gravesend with its sparkling mist.
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Gravesend Ferry (20 June 2015)

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