The Green London Way
Walking the city's history and wildlife
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This is a completely revised edition of a classic text, describing a walk that encircles London, almost exclusively staying within its green and off-road spaces. It also contains fascinating and in depth discussions of the history, politics, and wildlife of each area that the walk explores. The Green London Way is an alternative approach to the exploration of London.
New and completely revised edition, including a new walk round Stratford and the Olympic site perimeter
The book describes a hundred mile walk circling the capital and staying mostly to its green paths and spaces. But, uniquely, it also offers insightful histories of London’s people and a commentary on its abundant local wildlife, including some surprising instances of rare species.
The walk, divided into manageable sections, each with maps by Graham Scrivener (the ‘urban Wainwright’), traverses London’s towpaths, woodlands and commons, examining links between local human history and the landscape on which it is founded. This updated version of the text also incorporates discussion of the rapid developments in London in the past twenty years, analysing recent changes to the face of the city.
In terms of wildlife, landscape and history, The Green London Way is full of discoveries for any walker or reader, and provides a new awareness of Greater London.
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List of Maps
Introduction to the New Edition
The Green London Way: An Overview
Walk 1: Stratford to North Woolwich
Walk 2: Abbey Wood and Shooters Hill
Walk 3: Woolwich to Greenwich
Walk 4: Greenwich to Forest Hill
Walk 5: Forest Hill to Crystal Palace
Walk 6: Crystal Palace to Balham
Walk 7: Balham to Wimbledon
Walk 8: Wimbledon to Richmond
Walk 9: Richmond to Kew Bridge
Walk 10: Kew Bridge to Hanwell
Walk 11: Hanwell to Greenford
Walk 12: Greenford to South Kenton
Walk 13: South Kenton to Brent Cross
Walk 14: Brent Cross to Hampstead
Walk 15: Hampstead to Finsbury Park
Walk 16: Finsbury Park to Clapton
Walk 17: Clapton to Victoria Park
Walk 18: Victoria Park to Stratford
‘More than ever now, as edgeland becomes a value to be fought over, we need the sanity and the calm informative voice of walkers like Bob Gilbert. This is more than an elegy, it’s an inspiration: open your eyes, see what is there and not what you are told is there.’
‘full of discoveries that will enchant any walker or reader. And by actually walking the Green London Way, I left the capital with a whole new awareness of Greater London’
John Every, Resurgence