We do like the water around Thamesmead, and saw a heron, as well as some coots doing a bit of desultory nest building. We wanted to shout that it was too soon, given the forecast of frost to come in the next few days, but you can’t tell a coot how to run its life. Then we passed Windrush Primary School, which is opening a branch in Charlton, a bit like Costa? Here’s some spring chat about it from Netmums.
Turning right onto Carlyle Road (as Linda said, you could teach the new British-is-best History Curriculum from road names in Thamesmead) we came to the roundabout with the pedestrian suspension bridge slung within it, and headed along the dual carriageway with its terrifying warning signs. The public housing blocks and pedestrian bridges along here have attractive murals, and the blocks at Parkview are undergoing refurbishment. By now the bus was getting quite busy, as we went right along Sedgemere Avenue into the older part of Thamesmead, with the road twisting like a village lane.
As we came past Bexleyheath Station, well away from the town centre, we were pleased to see both a ‘proper’ butcher and a baker as well as the William Camden Pub. You might think a sixteenth century historian and school teacher an odd choice of name, but he is credited with inventing the phrase about early birds and worms, so he must have had a lighter side.
The Crook Log Roundabout told us that we were nearing the end of our journey, and we turned into Bexleyheath itself. Warning signs told us that the bus was to be on diversion, and after The Wrong ‘Un pub we went round the south side of the shopping area, because of road works. (you will recall that the Pub could equally be called The Googly) As far as we could see, these works were to reallocate the space, giving more pedestrian and less motorised vehicle space. Many people got off to walk through to the shops, though in fact we did a number of left turns which took us past the large Sainsbury’s and the enormous police station to reach the Clock Tower after all. Here the last of our fellow passengers got off.
We, on the other hand, stayed on and passed the Jolly Millers Pub to reach Bexleyheath bus garage. where this route terminates. Our driver was a bit taken aback to find us till on board, since all the other passengers had got off at the shops. We arrived at 10.35, having had a pleasant trip, and with only a short wait to pick up our next bus.