Purfleet is the final destination at the end of Section 24 of the London Loop on the north side of the Thames. On the south side is Erith at the beginning of the first section - see previous blog.
First view of the Thames as I leave Purfleet, looking west to London. Royal Hotel on right - definitely seen better days.
No sooner had I hit the Thames this hove into view. I was thinking Purfleet was a dull little place. This changed everything. This huge brick building is the last remaining of 5 magazines for storing the gunpowder in 18th and 19th centuries. It was here that the ships took on board the gunpowder before setting off to give someone a bashing somewhere - probably Napoleon on the continent. This is magazine 5 holding 460 tons of ammunition.
The troops also embarked here for India on the East India Company ships. The Royal Hotel must have done great business and Purfleet must have been buzzing in those days.
Is this an art installation or a barge graveyard?
This looks east down the Thames to Erith on the south side.
Left the Thames at Rainham and walked up the Ingrebourne Valley through Hornchurch Country Park, more famous as RAF Hornchurch, renowned spitfire station in fighter command in WW11, now resculpted by a massive landfill site and open for all and sundry to enjoy.
Just caught a cup of tea in Upminster in a nice little cafe before walking through Pages Wood to Harolds Wood Park and train home.
36,950 steps, 2,586 calories, 28.39 kilometres, 6 hours - noon to 6 pm.