A Rubbish Trip

  • A Rubbish Trip
  • A Rubbish Trip
  • A Rubbish Trip
  • A Rubbish Trip
  • A Rubbish Trip
  • A Rubbish Trip
  • A Rubbish Trip
  • A Rubbish Trip
  • A Rubbish Trip

Forget the hype: London is a rubbish city!

Rejoice in the junk and wonder at the waste on this winding trail of muck and trash.

On this 2 mile ramble over the Isle of Dogs and under the river to Greenwich we’ll pass historic dumps and landfills and hear the stories of castaway communities. We’ll ponder the sounds and smells of the city’s waste, past and present, and marvel at its transformation.

The walk is led by Rosie Oliver, founder of Dotmaker Tours. Listen to Rosie introduce A Rubbish Trip.

… rifling through someone else’s rubbish has never been so much fun. — Sunday Times Travel supplement feature on the Rubbish Trip, September 2014
Our Rubbish London tour was amazing.  I learned a huge amount of interesting things about this unusual subject – what London’s rubbish is, where it comes from, where it goes and how that has changed through the ages.  Rosie, who is a font of knowledge on the subject, made it all incredible fun.  While I was a bit cautious taking my partner on the tour for his birthday, I couldn’t have been more pleased, as he was. — Declan, Hampstead

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What to expect

The Rubbish Trip guided walk offers an alternative perspective on this part of London by linking together features of the landscape through the theme of rubbish. Tour goers will:

  • • find out about London’s rubbish – past, present and future – the characters involved in collecting it, and the many methods of transforming it.
  • • explore a seldom-visited part of London – the Isle of Dogs – taking in Millwall Dock, Mudchute Park & Farm, Island Gardens with its spectacular views of the Royal Naval College, and the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.
  • • learn about the history of the area.
  • • end the tour by the river in Greenwich, with its rich collection of historic rubbish.

Scheduled public walks

2017: Sunday 2 April (11am-1pm); Sunday 21 May (2-4pm); Sunday 16 July (11am-1pm); Sunday 1 October (2-4pm); Saturday 28 October (11am-1pm).
2018: Saturday 21 April (11am-1pm); Saturday 9 June (2-4pm); Saturday 30 September (11am-1pm); Saturday 3 November (2pm-4pm).

Meet: Mudchute DLR station by the entrance to Platform 2 (northbound). End: Greenwich, by the Cutty Sark ship. Duration: Two hours (approx).

Suitable for: Adults. The two mile walk crosses a park that can be muddy, and goes up and down a few steps. Wear boots or sturdy shoes.

Tickets: £15 adults; £12 over 65s and full-time students with proof of status. Price includes a rubbish cast list and a scrap of junk food. Booking essential, whether you wish to buy tickets or redeem gift vouchers.

Private group bookings

This walk is available throughout the year to private groups. It can be combined with a visit to Meantime Brewery, where groups will hear from a beer sommelier about London’s beery past whilst tasting some of the beers that are brewed on site. To find out more visit our friends/clubs and corporate groups pages.