Walks in the Country Near London
5 7/8" x 8 1/4" • 208 pages • full-color photographs, maps
ISBN 9781566565288 • paperback • $17.95 •
In 25 carefully planned walks, Walks in the Country Near London reveals the myriad treasures that lie just beyond London’s urban sprawl. From easy walks through Little Chart Forstal’s apple orchards and lush pastures in Kent to more exhilarating walks along Sharpenhoe Clappers’ chalk escarpments in Bedfordshire, there is a walk here for everyone. Full-color photographs capture each area’s refreshing rural charms, while clear mapping pinpoints everything form designated trails and stately homes to traditional pubs and cozy tearooms.
With a keen eye and characteristic humor, Christopher Somerville guides readers along hedged, grassy lanes, across open, airy farmland and through some of the finest historic homes, castles and churches that England has to offer. Along the way, he shares fascinating tales about the characters who trod these same paths throughout the centuries—from persecuted Catholic priests making their way to safe houses under cover at night, to such celebrated figures as Anne Boleyn, John Bunyan, William Blake and Benjamin Disraeli. With a wealth of interesting anecdotes and intriguing historical information, this is the perfect guide for history buffs and casual walkers alike.
Christopher Somerville is one of Britain’s most respected travel writers and a popular television and radio presenter, with a special interest in walking and countryside matters. He has written the Daily Telegraph’s “Walk of the Month” for over ten years and is a frequent contributor to The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Times (London). He has also devised and presented a number of television and radio series, including Anglia TV’s Somerville’s Walks, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Excess Baggage. His books include Coastal Walks in England and Wales, Images of Rural Britain and The Spirit of Rural Ireland.
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