Freedom Pass London: 26 special days in and around the capital

Freedom Pass London travel guide. Suggests 26 special walking itineraries across London, Kent, Surrey, Essex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire – all travelling by public transport. The city and countryside walks – each with specific travel advice – feature woodlands, rivers, downs, literary London, historic landmarks, wildlife hotspots and pubs.

Published:  06th Sep 2024
Edition:  2
Number of pages:  256
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ISBN: 9781804692271
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The new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt’s Freedom Pass London brings to life the UK capital through 26 carefully curated walks that reveal historical landmarks, wildlife hotspots and quiet corners with fascinating pasts. As the title suggests, this travel guidebook is designed for the 1.1 million people who can enjoy free travel in central and Greater London thanks to the Freedom Pass, but its focus on walking destinations accessible by public transport makes it a must for anyone living in or visiting London.

One of London’s unexpected glories is the way that the city meets countryside, not just in the surprisingly rural Green Belt, but also in the ‘villagey’ corners of suburbs, along urban rivers and amid the city’s commons, parks and woodlands. The area featured extends from Amersham, northwest of London, to Epping in the northeast, Orpington in the southeast and Epsom in the southwest. Whether you are a city-dweller keen to explore parts of Essex, Kent, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hertfordshire, or you live in suburbs and fancy visiting central London, Freedom Pass London proposes itineraries for you.

With Bradt’s Freedom Pass London, you can discover – by train, tube, bus and then on foot – where Charles Darwin lived and the local area where he studied flora and fauna. You can meet Keats, Shakespeare, Pepys, Dr Johnson, Dorothy L. Sayers and Vera Brittain on a literary tour. Or walk through ancient woodland covered with trees since Neolithic times. Or venture into murder and mayhem as you find locations from the TV series Midsomer Murders in the deceptively peaceful-looking Chilterns. Or wander along the Wandle for a throwback to the days of country estates, watermills and legendary textile designer William Morris. Or even stroll through Soho, Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury to discover how Karl Marx wrote, lectured – and fenced with a murderer.

For each walk, there are tips about the best options for using public transport, along with a detailed route description, maps, options for flexibility and suggestions for pubs, cafés and museums en route. So lace up your walking shoes and let Bradt’s Freedom Pass London bring the capital to life.

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About the Author

Mike Pentelow was editor of Landworker (the newspaper of rural workers) for ten years and was the editor of Fitzrovia News (London’s oldest community newspaper, to which he contributed for 40 years), which gave him a feel for both town and country. An author and journalist for 50 years, his previous books were Characters of Fitzrovia, Norfolk Red and A Pub Crawl Through History. Mike was a keen rambler, having walked the entire River Thames and many other waterways. A real ale enthusiast, Mike also enjoyed a game of darts and pool. He was 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, Society of Authors, National Union of Journalists and the Mecca Bingo Club. Having lived in London for over 50 years, Mike died in April 2020, an early victim of Covid-19.

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, Mike Pentelow’s book about commoners who have had pubs named after them. A keen rambler (with author Mike Pentelow 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 more than 50 years and currently contributes photo features and writes reviews for Real Democracy Movement.

Neil and Helen Matthews are the authors of Bradt’s Slow Travel: The Chilterns & The Thames Valley and Heritage Weekends: 52 breaks exploring Britain’s past. Their travel writing has also appeared in Wanderlust and various other publications. They live in the Chilterns, on Greater London’s northwestern edge. Helen spent 25 years as an administrator and manager for a London university; she is the Chair of a local conservation charity and a member of the Chiltern Society’s Heritage Group and Save our Pubs Group. Neil, originally from London, is an experienced marketer whose roles have included developing public support for an association of UK heritage attractions. Both hold PhDs in history.

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Table of Contents

1. Darwin’s Downe (Kent)
2. Box Hill (near Dorking, Circular)
3. Heartwood Forest (near St Albans, Circular)
4. Grand Union Canal (Watford to Kings Langley)
5. Banstead Woods (near Chipstead, Circular)
6. River Fleet (Hampstead to Blackfriars)
7. Epping Forest (Chingford to Loughton)
8. Grand Union Canal (Croxley to Bushey)
9. Lesnes Abbey Wood (Abbey Wood to Belvedere)
10. Epsom Downs (Circular)
11. North Downs (Coulsdon South, Circular)
12. River Thames (Tilbury Fort to Coalhouse Fort)
13. River Wandle (Colliers Wood to Croydon)
14. River Thames (Staines to Chertsey)
15. River Lea (Tottenham to Waltham Abbey)
16. Aldenham Country Park (Elstree, Circular)
17. Trent Country Park (Cockfosters to Oakwood)
18. River Misbourne (Amersham to Little Missenden)
19. River Darent (Swanley to Dartford)
20. Beverley Brook (New Malden to Putney)
21. River Colne (London Colney, Circular)
22. Chessington (Circular)
23. Literary London (London Bridge to Bloomsbury)
24. Inspiring Women (Charing Cross to Fitzrovia)
25. Karl Marx tour (Leicester Square to Highgate)
26. River Thames, west of London (Maidenhead to Taplow)