Walking London: Top Borough Enfield

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Walks in London A walk through London’s northernmost suburb gives you a chance to reconnect with outer London’s semi-rural past

Enfield was once a key section of the English home county that no longer exists: Middlesex, now only a memory and the name of a cricket club, was gobbled up some time ago by the growth of Greater London, even more so than the neighbouring counties of Essex and

Walking London: Top Borough Enfield

A Post (Partly) Written Beneath an Elm in the Churchyard at Harrow

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Today, we follow in the footsteps of Byron and Churchill – and the skid marks of the world’s first fatal car accident

Today’s post is the first in an intermittent series of walks through London’s outer boroughs and suburbs. Those who do not know or understand London may be surprised to find out how much there is to explore: some of these places have preserved much of their village-like origins and

A Post (Partly) Written Beneath an Elm in the Churchyard at Harrow

The Story of the First Garden City in the UK

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Walks near London Following in the footsteps of Soviet town planners, teetotal socialists, Quakers, silly old men in skin-tight trousers and – perhaps – even Vladimir Ilyich Lenin to the first garden city in the UK.

It may be difficult to believe, but Letchworth Garden City, nowadays a well-heeled country town on the edge of North London’s commuter belt, …

… was once at the cutting edge

The Story of the First Garden City in the UK

Horsenden Hill and the Grand Union Canal

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Walks near London London’s extensive canal network is a haven for nature lovers – and often just a single stairway down from the city’s hustle and bustle One of the best things about London is that you don’t have to leave the city to do some serious walking. The West End is virtually surrounded by the leftovers from King Henry VIII’s deer-hunting grounds (Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park, Regent’s Park), while from the

Horsenden Hill and the Grand Union Canal

Walks near London: Different Layers of British History

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… including some that you can eat and drink: A walk through the Cathedral town of St Albans, 20 miles north of London Towns and villages near London are engaged in a constant battle for their soul: most have succumbed a long time ago and been gobbled up by the near-by metropolis, suburbanized and converted into dormitory towns with – at best – a few old churches or timber-framed Tudor mansions, now invariably reinvented as

Walks near London: Different Layers of British History

A Hunting Lodge We Will See

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Walks near London A Tudor Hunting Lodge If you go hiking in the Epping Forest on the Eastern outskirts of London, you should not miss Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge.

It’s a bit of a gem, really. Even in central London, there are very few original Tudor houses that have been as well preserved and that can really give you an idea of how life was lived in the 16th

A Hunting Lodge We Will See

A Walk in the People’s Forest

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Walks near London Power to the People’s Forest

We will spend the next couple of weeks in London where we will do some urban walking as well as some “proper” hiking, too, starting today by exploring the biggest public outdoor space in the British capital.

Any idea what that might be? Hands up everybody who said Hyde Park. Don’t worry, I would have said so too, and I lived in London

A Walk in the People’s Forest