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I like walking, and you certainly do enough of it when you live and work in London.

So a fitting end to my working life, I thought, would be to walk home from Canary Wharf to Oakley. My account of that journey can be found in the Walking home section.

I actually thought that when I retired I would do more long distance walking, such are the dreams of the newly retired!!

I did walk back to Cribbit one night from Paddington, it was too late for the tube, a pleasant moonlit night and I had no idea where to find night buses in my be-fuddled state. As I recall it was about eight miles and I saw the dawn come up over Greenford before I was home.

I was also full of plans for an extended walk from Anglsey to Derbyshire, following in the footsteps of the Green Knight, and incidentally, taking in places associated with my youth [and later] in Cheshire and North Wales. I still have the plans but need the time.

Now I find myself back at work, and so far, no-one has asked me if I intend walking home again, I DON'T. But an idea has developed in my tiny mind, stemming from the photographs I have been taking from the sixth floor.

When I finish this current contract, sometime in March 2011, my intention is to walk back to Cribbit at Willowtree Marina by way of the Shard.

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The Shard is the thing that looks a bit like the Eiffel tower near the middle of this pic

pics of the Shard in progress and an article about it.

I had another look at my walkhome pics from April 2008 and I think that the cranes in the one below may be demolishing Southwalk Towers, the building the Shard is replacing.

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The South Bank as photographed from The Thames Path on my walk home April 2008

And here is the same aspect taken this time.

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The South Bank as photographed from The Thames Path on my walk home April 2011


























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