When Charlie told me about the Tall Ships Festival taking place in Greenwich, I didn’t have to think twice about my weekend plans. On the hazy Saturday morning I put my trainers on and walked from Brockley all the way to Greenwich, capturing beautiful things along the road. It took me just under an hour to find myself near the busy Greenwich pier, where a large cluster of spectators were admiring the tall ships.
I made my way towards North Greenwich, I suspected it will be less crowded the further I go. I was right, it was quieter and so much nicer walking along the river.
Here is Lord Nelson watching the passing boats just outside the Trafalgar Tavern.
It’s a long walk to reach the O2, but nonetheless enjoyable, especially when you have snapping opportunities laid in front of you.
I was, however, expecting more tall ships to be floating in the Thames, as the official pr0gramme promised the biggest show in 25 years. I suspect the bigger array of boats was moored at Woolwich Arsenal. But the tiredness was overtaking my will to get there so I spontaneously popped into the Cineworld at the O2 Arena, stretched my legs and enjoyed The Hundred-Foot Journey on the big screen. Such a great movie, I really recommend!
When I got out of the cinema, later in the evening, I decided to walk back to Greenwich along the river. The sun was trying to break through the thick clouds producing a beautiful backdrop behind the sails.
After much walking, incredibly tired, but with a few exciting images on my camera I was finally making my way home.
The Tall Ships Festival finale is tomorrow, on Tuesday, but only till 4pm, so if you can skive off work, make your way to Greenwich to see the fleet of around 50 tall ships sail down the river Thames out to sea.