Shark teeth and Henry VIII: Bexley Green Party's first guided walk

19 March 2017

Four Bexley Green Party members digging for shark teeth

Digging for shark teeth


Words by Jackie Bates

On Sunday 19 March, as a result of a wish to better get to know the green spaces of Bexley by exploring its footpaths and walks, Bexley Green Party members enjoyed the first of a planned series of Sunday afternoon walks.

Starting at Belvedere, we followed the Green Chain Walk to Lesnes Woods. While walking through the woods we passed by a number of interesting features, including possible ancient burial mounds, an area of rare and protected heather covered heathland (providing habitat for a wide variety of species), spring flowers and some curious wood sculptures. We also searched (successfully) for ancient sharks’ teeth in the fossil sandpit area. Finally we reached the impressive remains of the medieval Lesnes Abbey.  There we discovered how environmental factors, such as the need to retain the River Thames with embankments and to drain the adjacent marshland had put strains on the Abbey’s finances, contributing to it being one of the first casualties of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in the sixteenth century. Finally after looking at the famous Lesnes mulberry tree we returned to Belvedere via one of Bexley’s byways and the Green Chain Walk.

Further walks are being planned. Please look out for these on our Events page.




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