London sits astride the celebrated River Thames, one of Europe’s great rivers and the longest river in England, stretching 184 miles (296km) from its source in the Cotswold hills to the sea. Along the way the river navigates peaceful water meadows, unspoilt rural villages, and a wealth of historical towns and cities, before finally wending its way through the heart of London to end at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich. It’s possible to walk the length of the river via the Thames Path, a national trail – indeed, eight of our walks include stretches of the Thames. The river provides a stunning backdrop to many of the city’s top tourist attractions and has been witness to over 2,000 years of history, as well as providing inspiration for generations of artists, musicians and writers.
The Thames once had many tributaries, some of which have ended up being buried in sewers, while others, like the Fleet, Tyburn and Walbrook, have been buried away and now run underground. However, some rivers escaped this fate – such as the Brent, the Lea and the Wandle – and continue to flow in the open to this day and feature in our walks. As well as rivers, the city is also awash with charming canals, including the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals, former docks and other water features.
London’s Waterside Walks explores 21 of the city’s most captivating rivers, canals, docks and reservoirs. The walks are between 2¼ and 8½ miles in length, with the average around 5½ miles. However, it’s best to allow half a day for the shorter walks and as much as a full day for the longer walks – particularly if you plan to partake of the many excellent pubs, restaurants and cafés along the routes (for your author, a good lunch is a prerequisite of a good walk!) – not to mention the many other diversions along the way. The aim is to take the ‘scenic route’, taking in as many interesting features as possible, rather than simply getting from A to B as fast as possible.
Writing London’s Waterside Walks has been a fascinating and enjoyable journey of discovery. We hope that you enjoy these walks as much as we did; all you need is a comfortable pair of shoes, a sense of adventure – and this book!
|RRP:||£9.99 Survival Books|
|Published:||15th Jun 2019|
|Number of Pages:||192 Pages|
|Dimensions:||190mm x 110mm|