A guide to riverbank walks around the Thames with the emphasis on the colourful historic and literary background of this famous river.
The River Thames has inspired countless writers and has formed the backdrop of innumerable events in British history, from the heroic to the downright debauched. Inspired by the authors and historic figures who have been influenced by the river, the guide takes the reader on a series of walks in the footsteps of such diverse characters as Oliver Twist, Ratty, and Inspector Morse. Both circular and linear walks lead walkers, cyclists, river-boaters, day-trippers, and the motorist-walker from the Thames Barrier to the river's source deep in the heart of the Cotswolds. Footpaths are enlivened by insights into the fictional characters and their creators who trod these riverbanks before: from Hampton Court and Cliveden to Eel Pie Island, Lewis Carroll's 'wonderland', and Toad Hall at Mapledurham House. Physical refreshment for travellers is also catered for in the many riverside English pubs and restaurants detailed. Lighthearted and irresistibly inquisitive, this practical guide will inspire visitors and locals alike.