This summer, if you fancy a spontaneous day-trip to one of the most scenic sections of the Thames, why not hop on the Overground to Barking Riverside?
Not only is it East London’s most undiscovered stretch of river, it’s also the sole bit of Thames you can access on the Gospel Oak-Barking Riverside line. And, as it’s just 15 mins’ train ride away from Leyton Midland or Leytonstone High Road stations, there’s no excuse, really.
As you can see, the towpath here is surprisingly wild and gorgeous, with its epic views across the creek at one of the river’s widest sections.
In fact, on our visit yesterday (see below pic), it was hard to believe this is still London: ferns, long grasses and wild flowers line the banks, and you might even glimpse a seal – or at least a plover – at low-tide. If you’re partial to a waterside stroll, it’s also well worth walking the whole 2km to the far jetty.
But there’s an added incentive at weekends: the return of Summer Sessions, organised by Barking Riverside Limited, an action-packed seasonal programme of events, pop-ups and activities.
It all takes place in a lavender-strewn oasis right on the Thames riverfront, dotted with picnic tables, giant chess sets, sun-shades and sandpit for the kids (don’t worry there’s tented rain-cover, too).
Highlights of the ten-week Summer Sessions include a residency from Barking favourite the Boathouse Bar and Café, tasty pop-up streetfood, bespoke cocktail bar Meetini (pictured above, a regular at Broadway Market), family rave Big Fish Little Fish and the return of the Emerge East festival.
As well as the Overground, Barking Riverside is also connected by Uber Boat on the Thames Clippers, so you can even continue your adventure by water.
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