So, I haven’t said much here, but I just finished writing Secret Cleveland: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful & Obscure (due out Aug 15) so when the opportunity to review another type of “secret” book was offered to me I quickly agreed. There is something about finding things that are “secret” or “hidden” that really speaks to me and even if I can’t get to London anytime soon I can enjoy London’s Hidden Rivers by David Fathers from home. For my U.S. friends hopping the pond sometime soon, this is a must travel guide for a unique look at one of the world’s favorite cities, London.
London’s Hidden Rivers: A walker’s guide to the subterranean waterways of London is a compact size book making it easy to tuck into a beach bag or a large purse to enjoy during random moments of down time. Really, in my opinion, walking is the best way to see any city this book encourages you to do just that.
LONDON’S HIDDEN RIVERS BOOK BACK
London has many rivers, but they are often hidden under centuries of development. Rivers like the Walbrook, teh Fleet or the Westbourne have left their mark on the city, and still form an important part of our subterranean world. London’s Hidden Rivers traces the course of twelve hidden rivers in a series of detailed guided walks, with maps illustrating the traces they have left and showing the ways they have shaped the city. Each walk starts at the tube or rail station nearest to the source of the river, and then follows it down to the Thames through parkland, suburbia, historic neighborhoods and the vestiges of London’s industrial past. Featuring 75 miles of walks, both north and south of the Thams, winding through the hills, valleys and marshes that underlie the city.
Each walk starts at the tube or rail station nearest to the source of the river, and then follows it down to the Thames through parkland, suburbia, historic neighborhoods and the vestiges of London’s industrial past. Featuring 75 miles of walks, both north and south of the Thams, winding through the hills, valleys and marshes that underlie the city.
MY THOUGHTS ON LONDON’S HIDDEN RIVERS
The book is very well illustrated (I’m a sucker for great illustrations/photos) and gives information in snippets instead of long, drawn-out paragraphs. The snippets are quick and easy to read and offer historical references to the waterway and how it has impacted life today.
Each walk comes complete with the length of the walk, nearest station, AND tips to keep you safe. Walks range in length from 2.8km (1 3/4 miles) to around 15km (9 1/4 miles) making this book perfect for nearly every fitness level.
I loved reading about the history of the areas, the people that lived there, how they utilized the water sources and more. There are also tidbits about interesting attractions you’ll pass along the way.
Overall this has been a really enjoyable book and it makes me want to hop the pond sooner rather than later and take a couple walks while looking for London’s Hidden Rivers.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links are included in this post.
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