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Walking in London - Park, Heath and Waterside

Walking in London - Park, Heath and Waterside

by: Peter Aylmer
Half of London is open space, making it one of the greenest cities on the planet. This guide explores tourist highlights such as the Royal Parks and Hampstead Heath as well as lesser known areas, from Enfield Chase in the north to the open downland of the south London fringe. Visit woods, forests, parks, heaths, marsh and wetlands, rivers, canals and nature reserves and discover the city's wildlife.

For each walk there's a description of a wildlife species you might come across; perhaps a rare water bird on Rainham Marshes, a damselfly on Woodberry Wetlands, or a great stag in Home Park. Find out how London's open spaces came to be preserved, and what walkers can do to make sure this green legacy survives for future generations.

Almost every walk visits a nature reserve. Discover the variety of London's 13,000 species of wildlife. All walks are within the range of most occasional walkers and there are options to split longer walks.

Each of the 25 walk entries begins with a summary of its features. Practical information includes start and finish location with grid reference, distance, time, OS Explorer map sheet number, refreshment options, public transport and parking options for motorists. The detailed route finding instructions are supported by full colour OS 1:25000 map extracts with the route highlighted. Background information is included in shaded text boxes. There are plenty of colour photographs throughout the book.

The walk locations are:
East to the Lea
Rainham Marshes and Coldharbour Point - 8 miles
Dagenham's open spaces - 6 miles
Epping Forest from Chingford - 5.5 miles
Wanstead Flats and Park - 6 miles
Olympic Park and Greenway - 6 miles
River Lea - 7 miles

Lea to Brent
Enfield Chase - 7 miles
Regent's Canal - 10 miles
New River and Parkland Walk - 10.5 miles
Royal Parks - 7.5 miles
Hampstead Heath - 6.5 miles
Dollis Valley Greenwalk - 11 miles

Brent to Wandle
Ruislip Woods - 6 miles
Yeading Brook - 5 miles
Crane Park - 4 miles
Bushy Park and Home Park = 4.5 miles
Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park - 9 miles
Kew and Isleworth - 6.5 miles
Wandle Trail - 1`3.5 miles

East of the Wandle
Happy Valley - 6.5 miles
Hills and woods of Croydon - 7 miles
Sydenham Hill Wood - 6.5 miles
Woodlands of south-east London - 7 miles
Chislehurst - 7 miles
Downe - 9 miles

ISBN 9781852848132 Pages 195 (2017) 116mm x 172mm plastic cover

Price: 11.95