The Walk in Pictures 1066 Harold’s Way, Walk 1
The South Bank
We are assuming that Harold crossed the Thames at London Bridge as we do. There has been a London Bridge on this site since Roman times and it was the only Bridge for centuries. Harold would have crossed here to the south side to connect with the route of the old Roman road, Great Dover Street and the beginning of Watling Street (the modern A2/M2).
Into Soutwark , long the place to start or end a journey, a place for pilgrims, traders and travellers and the writers, Chaucer and Dickens. The George Inn is now Southwark’s only surviving coaching inn rebuilt in 1676 and worth a visit, either now or later. It is just a short walk down Borough High Street, past Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market (open Thursday to Saturday, a delight for ‘foodies’ and with a couple of good pubs itself) – so much to keep you from 1066 Harold’s Way. Have we time for visit? 6½ miles to Greenwich – perhaps another day.
Across the river is the Old Custom House, the Gherkin, St Pauls and a poetic view of the City skyline behind. This is Queens Walk with HMS Belfast moored by its side and framed by Tower Bridge. Over the river is The Tower of London and the White Tower built by William in 1078 – perhaps not something for us or Harold to dwell on now at the start of 1066 Harold’s Way.