Freedom Pass

Make the Most of Your Travel Pass - 25 Special Days Out

by Mike Pentelow and  Peter Arkell

Publication Date:  29th Sep 2014


Freedom Pass London Travel Guide – Day trips for those with London’s concessionary travel pass. Features bus routes and info, London highlights, itineraries and days out, best pubs. Also has off-the-beaten-track sights, top rambles and walks, foraging tips, quirky restaurants and cafés, practical transport advice, city breaks, museums and culture.

About this book

Since its creation over 40 years ago, London’s Freedom Pass concessionary travel scheme has continued to grow in popularity and there are now over 1 million registered holders. Whether a fruit picker or forager, a rambler or angler, or simply someone who enjoys the quirky charm of a local pub, Bradt’s new Freedom Pass is the perfect read to help you get the most out of your Pass. Featuring 25 walks and days-out for Freedom Pass holders, the guide covers an area up to 25 miles from central London, all easily accessible by train, tube or bus. The authors, Mike Pentelow and Peter Arkell, are keen ramblers who can count walking the entire length of the Thames amongst their many adventures. Long time London residents, they are both members of numerous local organisations and societies.

About the Author

Mike Pentelow was editor of Landworker (the newspaper of rural workers) for ten years and is currently editor of Fitzrovia News (London’s oldest community newspaper, to which he has contributed for 40 years), giving him a feel for both town and country. An author and journalist for 50 years, his previous books are Characters of Fitzrovia, Norfolk Red and A Pub Crawl Through
History. He is a keen rambler having walked the entire length of the River Thames and many other waterways.

Mike is a member of The Ramblers, the Woodland Trust, the Campaign for Real Ale, the Inn Sign Society, Camden History Society, Socialist History Society, St Marylebone Society, and Society of
Authors. He has lived in London for over 43 years.

Peter Arkell has been a photographer since 1970, covering news, social issues, the environment, and sport. He co-wrote Unfinished Business, The Miners’ Strike for Jobs, 1984-5 and took the photographs for A Pub Crawl Through History, about commoners who have had pubs named after them. A keen rambler (with Mike and others) he has walked the Thames Path, the South West Coastal Path, the Isle of Wight Coastal Path and Peddars Way/Norfolk Coast Path. He has lived in London for 45 years and currently produces photo features and writes reviews for A World to Win.


‘A delightful guide peppered with fascinating details, it is like walking with an engaging companion.’
About My Generation

‘A welcome addition.’
Journal of the Islington Archaeology & History Society

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Table of Contents

1 A Natural Selection at Downe
Charles Darwin’s Downe, circular
2 On the Box 24
Burford Bridge to Mickleham
3 The Forest’s Heart 32
Heartwood Forest & Sandridge, circular
4 A Grand Canal & a Great Road 36
Watford to Kings Langley on the Grand Union Canal/River Gade
5 Bluebell Blitz 44
Banstead Woods & Chipstead Downs, circular
6 Fleet of Foot 48
Hampstead Heath to Blackfriars
7 Epic Forest Fight 72
Epping Forest: Chingford to Loughton
8 The Canal, the Old Railway & the Quaker 80
Rickmansworth to Bushey
9 Holly, Ivy, Chestnuts & Sharks’ Teeth 90
Lesnes Abbey Wood, circular
10 A Racing Certainty 96
Epsom Downs
11 Happy Valley 100
North Downs: Coulsdon Common, circular
12 Tilbury’s Seal of Approval 108
River Thames: Tilbury Fort to Coalhouse Fort
13 Wan dering along the Wan dle 116
River Wandle: Colliers Wood to Croydon
Paradise 132
River Thames: Staines to Chertsey
15 Dragonflies & Gunpowder 136
River Lee: Tottenham to Waltham Abbey
16 Death in the Churchyard, Life by the Lake 144
Elstree & Aldenham Reservoir, circular
17 A Dragon & Queen Guinevere’s Ghost 152
Trent Country Park, circular
18 Midsomer Murders Trail 158
River Misbourne: Amersham to Great Missenden
19 From Dickens to the Rolling Stones 170
River Darent: Farningham to Dartford
20 Brookside & the Big Green Space 178
New Malden to Putney Bridge
21 Colne Riverside Ramble 186
London Colney, circular
22 Animal World 190
Chessington, circular
23 Literary London 196
London Bridge to Bloomsbury
24 Feisty Females Pub Crawl 214
Charing Cross to Brompton
25 Karl’s Trail, On Your Marx 224
Leicester Square to Highgate
Index 242

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