There’s something lovely about going for a long walk on a Summer evening. The lighter evenings give you a great excuse to stop what you’re doing and head out somewhere. This is exactly what we did last Saturday evening. It had been a lovely sunny day and it was a great chance to take advantage of the lovely weather. We headed to Bablock Hythe and parked in the car park of The Ferryman Inn. The signs state that the car park is for patrons only, which is fine as we were going there for a drink afterwards.
The walk takes you alongside the Thames and there were a few fishermen still out there trying to get a bite. At the time we went, the fields were empty, but think that there are sometimes sheep in these fields so that might be something to watch out for.
It was a really lovely evening and we got to see the sun come and go. We didn’t walk the whole way, as it’s part of the Thames Pathway so we only walked for about half an hour. This does mean that your walk can be as long or short as you want it to be. There are gates at either ends of the fields, so when we’d walked enough, we just turned back towards the inn.
Poppy really enjoyed the walk, as there were a few trees for her to try and climb, as well as lots of smells for her to track. She did try and roll in some fox poo, as well as try to eat some Crayfish that the fishermen had slung out of the river! As the fields were enclosed, and we knew there was no chance she’d head for a dip in the Thames, we let her off the lead for a bit. She loved it!
As the walk follows the Thames, it’s an easy, flat walk with great views and people to wave at as they sail up and down the river! A perfect reminder to take life a little bit more slowly.
Upon returning to the car park, we picked up a treat for Poppy from the car and headed to the inn, where we had a drink and a packet of crisps. They’ve got quite a few tables outside and there’s plenty of places to sit along the river too. Poppy enjoyed barking at the ducks, as well as sniffing out their scents – it was the perfect end to a perfect day!
The Walk: The walk is part of the Thames Path, so you can walk for as long as you like. As it follows the river, it’s quite a flat walk so perfect if you’re looking for something easy.
Car Park: Free, but for patrons of the Inn
Refreshments: Yes, head to the Ferryman Inn
Toilets: Just ask at the bar!
Got a suggestion for a great place to walk Poppy? Just let me know!