London Outer Orbital Path (Sections 22-24)   5 comments


The best marked sections of the entire London Outer Orbital Path were the 3 done today so the only times I strayed from the trail were intentional. As such, the only one of the many (I’m told) whimsical benches I found in the first park land I ran through was this bird:



Although these Steampunk street lamps modeled after the War of the Worlds Martian attack ships were a treat:



And, the park at the bottom of the hill from these had a very retro play item:



Just beyond that was a sea of nettles before a bridge to safety.  I almost expected a troll or to have to answer three questions to cross but it was just a bridge.



WW2 bunkers started appearing but the WW2 items later were a real treat.



Between the Bell and the Phoenix, in Rainham, there is a weird little clock tower.  Well, not so much a tower as a demonstration of a tower but it incorporates the war memorial so it should be approached as a solemn thing:



I’m assured that these turbines constitute the first wind farm in Europe.  They power, for the most part, the motor vehicle factory in Dagenham.



Yet another overly protective railway bridge:



And, even better way markers as you approach the end of the line:



It gets industrial as you approach the Thames.  Not as much as on Section 1, which you can see on the other shore, but visually appealing to someone like me:



So, here are those other WW2 artefacts: concrete barges from the D-Day landings.  I think they worked thus: towed at speed by the amphibious and other landing craft then released at the last minute to allow their enormous mass (and thereby momentum) carry them and their cargo ashore.



Watching over them, this little fellow is submerged at high tide.  I haven’t yet found out his creator:



But, the motif is picked up a few hundred meters away in the Cold Harbour light tower:




As mentioned earlier, you see Erith across the waters:



But, unlike that section, when you look inland you see the Rainham marshland:



It is a bird sanctuary.  Here’s the RSPB centre which administers the protected area (covered, this day, with birders carrying tripods for their massive scopes and telephoto lenses).



Just before leaving the Thames into Purfleet at the Royal Hotel, I spotted this well done reworking of a cautionary sign:



And, finally, at the station heading home there was this former road or rail flyover.  It doesn’t serve a purpose, anymore, so I’ll consider it technically a Thomasson (that link for the other examples I’ve found or this one for a more in depth discussion of the phenomenon):



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