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Written by Ardella Jones, Walks for all Ages in Greater London features 20 circular walks, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the area.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, Jones then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £7.99, Walks for all Ages in Greater London is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the region
Walk 01 West London Royal Parks: Palaces and Princesses - 6 miles/9.5km
Walk 02 South-East London: Ancient Woods and Gothic Towers - 2¼ miles/3.5km
Walk 03 South-West London Thames: Richmond to Twickenham - 3½ miles/5.6km
Walk 04 City of London: Postman’s Park, Dr Johnson’s House and the Old Bailey - 2 miles/3.25km
Walk 05 North-West London: Hampstead Heath, Ponds and Great Houses - 5 miles/8km
Walk 06 North-West London: Kensal Green Cemetery, a great Victorian necropolis - 3 miles/4.8km
Walk 07 South London: Wonderful Wimbledon Walk - 2½ miles/4km
Walk 08 Central London: Holland Park’s Mansions, Statues and Peacocks - 2½ miles/4km
Walk 09 City of London: The Great Fire, the Guilds and the Bankers - 3 miles/5km
Walk 10 South-East London: Maritime Greenwich to Canary Wharf - 2½ miles/4km
Walk 11 North London: Parkland, Woodlands and Alexandra Palace - 6 miles/9.5km
Walk 12 South-West London: Richmond Hill and Richmond Park - 6 miles/9.5km
Walk 13 East London Forest: Theydon Bois to Epping - 4 miles/6km
Walk 14 North-West London: Little Venice, Camden Lock and Primrose Hill - 5 miles/8km
Walk 15 East London City: The Rag Trade - 3 miles/5km
Walk 16 Putney to Barnes: Palaces, Piers and Blue Plaques - 8 miles/12.75km
Walk 17 South-East London: Blackheath to Maritime Greenwich - 5 miles/8km
Walk 18 North-East London: Urban Tottenham, Locks and Lee Navigation - 6 miles/9.5km
Walk 19 The South Bank: The Thames – London Eye to Tower Bridge - 2½ miles/4km
Walk 20 South London: William Morris and Morden Hall Park - 4 miles/6.5km
London, one of the most vibrant capital cities in the world, is full of hidden treasures, secret gardens and unexpected wildernesses only walkers get to see. The medieval courtyards and alleyways of the City and the London ‘villages’, like Hampstead and Wimbledon, are steeped in history. London’s parks, commons and canals are oases of green and tranquillity in the busy city where wildlife and nature flourish. Old Father Thames flows through the capital’s centre, changing character from historic Maritime Greenwich to the high-rise modernity of Docklands, the antiquity of the regal Tower and the bishops’ palaces, the cultural joys of the South Bank, right down to royal, almost rural, Richmond. The city’s vantage points – Alexandra Palace, Primrose Hill, Parliament Hill, Wimbledon – offer breath-taking panoramic views across the metropolis and surrounding counties.
The walks chosen almost all include chances to visit some of London’s hundreds of museums, art galleries, churches and great houses, many of them free of charge. These opportunities for indoor ‘exploration’ prove useful if the English weather brings some rain. Most of the walks cater for a mix of interests – nature, conservation, history, art, sport, popular culture. There’s so much to see that even the shortest walk could take all day with a visit and some lunch programmed in. Every walk offers at least one pleasant pub, picnic spot or cafe, sometimes dozens of them, so you can relax and take your time. There are dog-friendly walks where Rover can run free and walks with child-appeal involving ships, castles, animals, places to play and free activities in public parks and buildings.
The people of London throughout the ages from royalty, politicians and celebrities to poets, paupers, and criminals haunt the city streets and green spaces, leaving a legacy for their descendants to discover. Learn about ordinary heroes at Postman’s Park, near St Paul’s; see just how multicultural and international London has been for centuries as you study the inscriptions in Kensal Green Cemetery, final resting place for Londoners originally from places as far apart as Jamaica, Greece, Italy and India. Look out for the influences of the former Empire and the present Commonwealth in architecture, art and design. Seek out statues, blue plaques and memorials for successful Londoners and famous visitors from Admiral Lord Nelson, hero of Trafalgar, to Johnny Haynes, the Fulham footballer, Bud Flanagan, the cockney comic, and Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia.
People of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy the walks, although we’ve included a few steep hills to up your pulse rate. All the walks are circular or start and finish at easy transport links; most offer an ‘escape’ plan if you get tired or an extension if you feel energetic. The directions and maps are easy to follow, but bear in mind that the rate of change in the city means lots of new building work and possible variations. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, and take some water, a brolly or waterproof, and your Oyster card. An A–Z might be handy in case you stray from your route. Remember, if you do get a little bit lost, you’ll probably discover yet another fascinating corner of London, a shady courtyard, a pretty park, or a quirky bit of architecture.
Enjoy your walks!
Released: July 2016
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Ardella Jones